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Narrowboats & canals

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The May Flower

The May Flower

Author: Nick Ardley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

In this evocative story of his unusual upbringing on the May Flower, Nick Ardley gives us a colourful account of life on the water. He tells tales of places visited, techniques learned and characters met that combine to give a real sense of what sailing can teach us. The skills learned on the water have proved to be highly beneficial for many people in their later careers, while the self-reliance and resourcefulness that often characterises sailors are much-valued attributes anywhere. Weaving his wealth of barging knowledge into the story of his family's life aboard the May Flower and their great resilience in keeping their barge on the water, Nick Ardley has given us a book that will appeal both to barging enthusiasts and those interested in childhood development.

The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

Author: Tony Haskell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/02/2007

Looks at canal schemes, canal companies, boatmen and their work, the struggle to keep the canal navigable, canal versus railway, and post-war and restoration. This book also documents the River Tone, which provided the essential lifeline to Taunton for boatmen and their barges for over 200 years, before the canal and, later, the railways arrived.

British Canals

British Canals

Author: Joseph Boughey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2007

Essex and Suffolk Stour

Essex and Suffolk Stour

Author: Sean O'Dell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2006

Details the beginnings, life and trading decline of the Stour Navigation from the seventeenth century. This book looks at the circumstances surrounding the construction of the first lock gates and general engineering works that converted the river into an inland navigation and the changing fortunes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Midlands Canals

Midlands Canals

Author: Robert Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2006

Compiles interviews with boat people and the people who worked the inland waterways during the final decades of commercial canal carrying. This book spans the 1930s-'60s, a time when transport technology saw changes, and looks issues such as the operating of ice boats and the use of horse power as well as the experiences of the people themselves.

Scotland's Millennium Canals

Scotland's Millennium Canals

Author: Bill Hendrie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

This volume, the third of the towpath guides, covers the two Scottish canals restored as part of Scotland's Millennium lottery funding. The Forth and Clyde Canal runs from Bowling on the Clyde via Glasgow to Grangemouth on the Forth, with the Union Canal leaving it at Falkirk and heading towards Edinburgh. This towpath guide is not just for those taking a holiday along this beautiful stretch of water but also for those interested in the area and what it has to offer. Covering an area some mile or two either side of the canal, it is an invaluable resource for the canal boater, day tripper, angler, walker and interested local.

From Sea to Sea

From Sea to Sea

Author: Len Paterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2006

The peculiar formation of the great Caledonian valley - long, deep and comparatively very narrow, and occupied by a regular chain of inland lakes and extensive arms of the sea - had long suggested the idea of a canal which by connecting the whole might afford the means of a navigable communication between the opposite sides of the island. Indeed so marked were its features in this respect, that it must have been difficult to escape the conclusion that Nature had irresistibly invited the hand of man to the completion of such an undertaking. So wrote a Victorian commentator in the 1840s in a description of the Caledonian Canal. Curiously, this observation was made some 350 years after the construction of Scotland's first canal, which was made to serve God rather than Mammon. Andrew Wood had distinguished himself in the service of James III by repelling an English fleet from the Forth and also withstanding their siege of Dumbarton. He was knighted and given lands at Largo in Fife. Around 1495 he had a canal constructed that allowed him to be conveyed, each Sunday, in his admiral's barge from his house to church! With no history of Scotland's canals currently available Len Paterson set about researching them after the successful publication of his history of the puffer trade having decided to re-assess the important part that Scotland's canals played in that story. This engaging history covers the main canals: Caledonian, Crinan, Forth and Clyde, Monkland and Union covering the last 40 years in particular detail as this is the period over which the canal system, against the odds, had been revitalised. That is the overwhelming conclusion to the story that is now told in this present volume.

The Grand Union Canal North

The Grand Union Canal North

Author: Nick Corble Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2006

Winding its way from Braunston to Salford, under Spaghetti Junction, this illustrated guide covers the northern part of the Grand Union Canal, accompanying the guide to the southern half published in 2005.

The Kennet & Avon

The Kennet & Avon

Author: Nick Corble Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2006

The Kennet and Avon comprises three waterways, the Kennet Navigation from Newbury to Reading, the Avon Navigation from Bristol to Bath, and man-made middle section linking Bath with Newbury. This guide concentrates on the route from Reading to Bath, taking in Newbury, Hungerford, and Devizes and villages, such as Kintbury and Wootton Rivers.

The Llangollen Canal

The Llangollen Canal

Author: Harry Arnold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

The Llangollen Canal is the now the busiest and most popular pleasure cruising waterway in the British Waterways' network. Running for forty-six miles from the main line of the Shropshire Union Canal near Nantwich, it wends its way across rural Cheshire, into the Welsh mountains, to a terminus by the river Dee in the Vale of Llangollen. Historically, the waterway is most of the finally completed route of the original Ellesmere Canal; planned and built by such famous engineers as Thomas Telford and William Jessop. Among its outstanding engineering structures are the aqueducts at Chirk and Pontcysyllte. The latter - which celebrates the bicentenary of its official opening in 2005 - is the premier 'wonder' of Britain's waterways. Written by Harry Arnold, renowned waterway journalist and photographer - and author of the book on the linking Montgomery Canal - this history features many photographs from his extensive archive; taken and collected during boating and working on the Llangollen Canal for over four decades.

Waterways Through France

Waterways Through France

Author: Jane Cumberlidge Format: Sheet map, folded Release Date: 01/01/2006

This new map has been designed for boats making the passage from the English Channel to the Mediterranean through the French canals. Broken into clear geographical areas, the mapping is annotated with Jane Cumberlidge's text which describes the routes, provides vital canal dimensions and distances, gives long-stay mooring places and also notes on some of the waterway features. This attractive publication includes photographs set against the full colour mapping. Some of the issues involved in making a passage through France are also discussed.

The South Oxford Canal

The South Oxford Canal

Author: Nick Corble Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Wending its way from Fenny Compton to Oxford, the southern part of the Oxford Canal passes through some of England's prettiest landscapes and picture-postcard villages. This towpath guide is not just for those taking a holiday along this beautiful stretch of water but also for those interested in the area and what it has to offer. Covering an area some mile or two either side of the canal, it is an invaluable resource for the canal boater, day tripper, angler, walker and interested local and covers the area from Fenny Compton to Oxford, a stretch of about forty miles. The South Oxford Canal is the first in a series of Towpath Guides from The History Press.