Winter 2014 - Issue 36

The Winter 2014 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Famous Fleets: Threefellows Carrying Co

Alan Faulkner looks at a company set up in 1971 to continue narrowboat carrying after the demise of Willow Wren and Blue Line 

Picturing the Past: Will King in the Midlands

Another selection of the photographs of T.W. King taken whilst he was working as a toll clerk on the Birmingham Canal Navigations 

Life Afloat: Sister Mary Ward

Jenny Glynn tells the remarkable story of how a painting of her family with the famous boat people‚Äôs nurse at Stoke Bruerne came into her possession 

Historical Canal Maps: Pickfords

This well-known company once carried extensively on the canals, as shown by an advertising map from around 1825 

Last Traffics: Clayton's at Oldbury


A selection of photographs taken by Neil Clayton around the end of carrying by this well-known company

Traditional Techniques: Raising Monnow

Laurence Hogg recalls raising the last Clayton boat sunk at Oldbury

Traditional Techniques: THE GRAND UNION BOAT CONTROL SYSTEM


David Blagrove explains how boats were monitored on the waterways between the Midlands and London

Picturing the Past: On a Carousel

A selection of slides discovered in the NarrowBoat office including Blue Line, Clayton's, Barry Lycett and British Waterways