Winter 2017 - Issue 48

The Winter 2017 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase this issue online - click here for our shop.

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Front cover: The British Portland Cement Manufacturers’ motor Otter was built by W. H. Walker & Brothers at Rickmansworth in June 1916, and is shown here taking a sharp right turn on a bright winter’s day. Otter’s colour scheme is based on an interpretation of old photos.

Famous Fleets: Coles, Shadbolt & Co

Chris M. Jones studies the history of a British Portland Cement and its fleet of boats.

Picturing The Past: Last Days of Fly-Boating

Our study of traffic at Brentford reveals details of John Landon & Co’s express carrying service between Aylesbury and London.

Picturing the Past: Summer at Oxford

Chris M. Jones reveals the stories behind the narrowboats 
shown in an early 1930s photograph.

Historical Canal Maps: The Dudley Canal in 1825

Richard Dean gleans information from an early survey of this West Midlands waterway.

Historical Profile: Patent Fuel Boats of the Glamorganshire Canal

Stephen Rowson examines the predominant, post-railway era traffic on this South Wales waterway.

From the Archives: Canal Control Committee

Joseph Boughey unearths documents providing an insight into carrying during and immediately after World War I.

Time and Place: Boating Round the Cape

Chris M. Jones examines a pre-WWI photo showing the carrying of house coal on the Warwick & Napton Canal.

Last Traffic: The Mike Webb Collection

Publisher Peter Silvester provides a preview of a new book documenting the latter days of canal carrying in the 1960s.

Picturing the Past: Unloading at Alexandra Docks

We study a busy boat scene at Hull from around 60 years ago.

Working the Waterways: Grain Traffic on the northern Shropshire Union Canal

Cath Turpin takes a close look at the grain-carrying boats that operated in and around Chester and Ellesmere Port.