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Winter 2010 - Issue 20

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The Winter 2010 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

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Famous Fleets

John Walley

Alan Faulkner looks at a small operator that specialised in carrying flints to the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent

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Historical Profiles

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Hugh Conway-Jones examines one of Britain’s few ‘ship canals’ – a popular destination for leisure boaters today

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Working the Waterways

Christmas on the Cut

John Pyper considers hand-made cards sent by the wartime trainees – the ‘Idle Women’ – and trainer Kit Gayford’s diary entries for Christmas 1942

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Canals that never were

Western Junction Canal

Richard Dean looks at a project to link the Grand Junction with the Wilts & Berks – a scheme which might yet have a future!

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A Broader Outlook

Tug Brent

The story of a new tug being built and trialled in the late 1920s for the Grand Junction Canal Co

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Last Traffic

Blue Line

David Blagrove looks through Terry Putnam’s colourful photographs of boats carrying coal from Atherstone to the “Jam ’ole” at Southall, the last regular long-distance narrowboat traffic on the canals that ceased 40 years ago

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Traditional Techniques

Leighton Buzzard in the 1930s

In an online auction, Ray Butler recently won a set of negatives showing remarkable detail of “workaday boats and boaters doing workaday things”

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Picturing the Past

T&M Tunnel Traffic

Stan Heaton photographed narrowboats working on the northern Trent & Mersey Canal in the late 1950s and early 1960s

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A Place in History

An Early Tube Boat Canal

Colin Bristow rediscovers the 18th century Carclaze–Scredda canal system in Cornwall

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