Winter 2015 - Issue 40

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

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Cover illustration: The W.J. Yarwood & Sons’-built motor boat Wye heads north on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towards Blackburn on a cold winter’s day. The craft was one of three built by the company in 1947 for Canal Transport Ltd, set up in 1930 to take over carrying on the waterway, and the subject of this issue’s Famous Fleets feature.

Famous Fleets: Canal Transport Ltd

Alan Faulkner looks at the company set up in 1930 to take over carrying on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Picturing the Past: Horse-boating in the 1920s

Chris M. Jones studies a series of photos showing horse-drawn craft at Stoke Bruerne and Blisworth Tunnel

Traditional Techniques: Push Towing

Richard Courteney Lord documents an unusual way of singlehanding a pair of boats on the BCN

Historical Canal Maps: Cruising Cartography

Richard Dean looks at the maps available to early leisure users of the waterways

Working On The Waterways: Boating Through Rickmansworth

Chris M. Jones studies photos of a British Waterways pair on the Grand Union in around 1960

Picturing The Past: Trip To Nottingham

Euan Corrie examines a rare collection of pictures showing horsedrawn carrying on the Midlands waterways in 1919

From The Archives: Newspapers Online

Joseph Boughey explores the digital resources available to waterway historians and uncovers some fascinating stories

Working on the Waterways: Coal From Baddesley

Photos by Christopher Lunnon showing Samuel Barlow boats at Baddesley Colliery Wharf in 1960

Time and Place: Sailing On The Thames

Chris M. Jones examines narrowboats under sail in an 1840s painting

A Broader Outlook: The Sabrinas

Tom Foxon looks at the state-of-the-art dumb barges introduced to the River Severn in 1944