Summer 2015 – Issue 38

The Summer 2015 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Famous Fleets: Sir John Knill

Alan Faulkner looks at a well-meaning but short-lived attempt to develop canal carrying

Tracing Family History: The Mercer Family

David Marks’ family proudly boasts over 150 years of continuous service to the waterways

Traditional Techniques: Stone Boating

Chris M. Jones looks at the carriage of granite for use on roads, mostly quarried in the Hartshill area around the Coventry Canal

Historical Canal Maps: Sankey Surveys

Richard Dean explores the termini of the Sankey Navigation in St Helens

Traditional Techniques: On the Plane

Andy Tidy investigates the evolution of the inclined plane in Britain 

Picturing the Past: Ovaltine Boats

David Blagrove looks at photographs of A. Wander Ltd’s Ovaltine boats in 1947

Picturing the Past: Narrowboat Medley

David Blagrove examines a varied selection of slides from the sixties

Traditional Techniques: Water Management

James Hewitt recalls the use of paddle trunks and box trunks

Picturing the Past: Marsworth

The last traffic out of British Waterways Marsworth depot were concrete piles