Autumn 2018 - Issue 51

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Front cover: The only motor-boat in J. & G. Meakin’s small fleet was Alice, which was converted from a horse-drawn craft in 1944. Here she is underway on the River Weaver, carrying china stone loaded at Weston Point docks en route to the Anderton Lift. 

Famous Fleets: Two Trent & Mersey Carriers

Pottery and chemicals manufacture are two of the most well known industries of the North West. Chris M. Jones looks at  two manufacturers who used their own small fleets of narrowboats - Brunner Mond & Co and J. & G. Makin Ltd,

Historical Profile: Inspection Boats

Cath Turpin explores the variety of craft once used to survey the condition of the inland waterways.

Working the Waterways: The Tooleys at Banbury

Matthew Armitage, managing director of Tooley’s Boatyard, has recently published a history of the Oxford Canal site. In this extract, he describes the Tooley family’s long  involvement with the Banbury premises.

Time and Place: Barging From the Port of Rye

Chris M. Jones looks at an early 1900s image showing a Rye barge on one of several inland navigations that once ran into the River Rother in Kent.

Canals That Never Were: Ludlow & Montgomery

Richard Dean details a proposal for a lengthy canal opening up navigation through the Welsh Marches.

Historical Profile: Coal to Sandford Mill

Chris M. Jones studies the history of one of the many paper mills on the upper Thames and the traffic that served it.

Time and Place: Sent to Coventry

Chris M. Jones examines the details of two rare 19th-century photos of boats moored on the Coventry Canal.

Picturing the Past: Summer at Stoke Bruerne

Another delve through Patrick Rawlinson’s archive shows working boats passing through the famous canal village in the 1950s.



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