Summer 2014 – Issue 34

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Working on the Waterways: Boating Through World War One

A hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, Christopher M. Jones looks at some of the effects it had on our canals and the people who worked on them 

Working on the Waterways: Transport Workers Battalions

Mike Clarke looks at how the military helped out on the canals during World War One 

Picturing the Past: Will King on the GU

David Blagrove looks through photographs of narrowboats in the late 1950s between Marsworth to Birmingham 

Famous Fleets: Cadbury’s

Better known for its chocolate than for it use of narrowboats, Alan Faulkner looks into the fleet of a company that was a great believer in water transport 


Hugh Potter sums up recollections of what was probably the most infamous and noxious cargo ever carried by canal 

Historical Canal Maps: BIRMINGHAM CANAL 1773

Richard Dean gleans information from the earliest map of the completed canal

Tracing Family History: KNOWING YOUR ONIONS

Steve Hayes sniffs out his boating ancestors in Lincolnshire