Summer 2018  - Issue 50

The Summer 2018 issue contains the following features. You can purchase this issue online - click here for our shop.

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Front cover: This view from the stern of a Humber keel shows what a wide expanse of river the Trent could seem when down at water level. In the distance, the company’s steam tug Little John, is towing a Humber keel downriver towards Newark.

Famous Fleets: Trent Navigation Company

Alan Faulkner studies the carrying arm of the Trent Navigation Company

Picturing the Past: Bow-hauling at Swinton Bridge 

Chris M. Jones looks at the history of a humber keel depicted in an early 20th-century photo of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Last Traffic: Documenting the Decline 

Tom Chaplin discusses photos showing the latter days of canal-carrying, which feature in his recently published history of narrowboats

Historical Canal Maps: Re-reouting at Rednal 

Richard Dean investigates a Shropshire mystery

From the Archives: The Motor Boat Magazine 

Joseph Boughey delves through a collection of early 20th-century magazines to uncover details of commercial and pleasure boating of the period 

Historical Profile: Black-Sailed Traders of the Broads

Mike Sparkes explores the history of the once-ubiquitous wherries that carried cargoes on the waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk

Boat Profile: In Celebration of Raymond 

Raymond, the last wooden working narrowboat built at Braunston, celebrates its 60th this year. We look at images of her taken  between 1958 and ’70 when she was in service as a commercial-carrying boat

Picturing the Past: Sights of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Chris M. Jones studies early images of the BCN and its once flourishing canalside industries 

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