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Book - The Trouble With Canals

Book - The Trouble With Canals

by John Liley.

This book is primarily a personal account, lively in style, and an adventure all the way, covering John's involvement with the waterways, both in this country and on the continent.

Soft back. 202 pages. 18.5cms x 24cms approx. Colour and black & white photos throughout.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 19.95

Book - Green & Silver

Book - Green & Silver

by L.T.C. Rolt.

In 1946 Tom and Angela Rolt embarked on a journey to Southern Ireland.

Their voyage takes them over the broad Shannon, and down Lough Derg, across the great Bog of Allen to the docks of Dublin, returning to the Shannon via the lonely and near defunct Royal Canal.

This is the fifth edition, published in 2015,

Soft back. 237 pages. 18.5cms x 24cms approx. Black & white photographs by Angela Rolt.


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Price: 15.95

Book - Shropshire Union Fly Boats

Book - Shropshire Union Fly Boats

by Jack Roberts.

Only a few canal boatmen have ever written about their work and life, and Jack Roberts' hitherto unpublished autobiography tells us about canal carrying a century and more ago.

It provides a unique and fascinating insight into the world of the fly-boatmen on the extensive Shropshire Union Canal system before, and until just after the First World War.

Soft back. 175 pages. 18.6cms x 24cms approx. Black & white and colour photos.


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Price: 16.95

Book - From Lancashire to Yorkshire by Canal

Book - From Lancashire to Yorkshire by Canal

by Andrew Hemmings & David Swidenbank.

In the 1950s, Britain's waterways were still full of commercial traffic, and lined with the mills, factories and ports of a then-leading industrial nation. This is the era captured in the photographs of the Lytham Sea Cadets, who in 1958 ventured from coast to coast via the canals of Lancashire and Yorkshire aboard Training Ship 'Queenborough'

Soft back. 128 pages. 16.5 cms x 23.4 cms approx. Black & white photos and drawings.


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Price: 14.99

Book - Adventures of the Hebe

Book - Adventures of the Hebe

by Desmond Stoker.

This book is about the travels of Desmond and his father in the double-sculling skiff 'Hebe'. She was rowed, sailed and man-hauled along the canals and rivers the length and breadth of the country in trips that often extended well over 200 miles.

Desmond recorded their exploits on three of these trips, in 1928, 1929 and 1930. These records have now been brought to the wider public by Desmond's son Simon. The observations and photographs in the book document parts of the canal system now long since disappeared.

Soft back. 192 pages. 17.1cms x 24.5cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photos and diagrams.


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Price: 16.99

Book - Adventures of the Nippy

Book - Adventures of the Nippy

by James Hewitt.

A home-made motor cruiser travels the picturesque inland waterways system during the fifties and sixties when the great days of carrying by narrow boat were coming to an end. Many canals were threatened with closure which enthusiasts opposed whenever they could and conflict with officialdom was inevitable.

This is the story of Nippy and her crew.

Soft back. 164 pages. 19.4cms x 21cms approx. Black & white illustrations.


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Price: 9.99

Book - Narrow Boat p/b

Book - Narrow Boat p/b

by L.T.C. Rolt.

First published in 1944 and now re-issued with a new section of black and white plates, this book has become a classic on the subject, and may be said to have started a revival of interest in the English waterways.

It was in 1939 that L.T.C. Rolt first stepped aboard Cressy, and this book tells the engaging story of how he and his wife adapted and fitted out the boat as a home and recreates the journey of some 400 miles that they made along the waterways of the Midlands.

Hard back, 212 pages, 13.9cms x 21.7cms.


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Price: 14.99

Book - Troubled Waters

Book - Troubled Waters

by Margaret Cornish.

First published over 40 years after the war, it provides a balanced account of the war-time canal scheme, tackling aspects which no-one else raised. Predictably, those who volunteered were by no means run-of-the-mill; faint hearts were unlikely to apply, and certainly could not stick the privation and physical demands of the job.

Soft back, 208 pages, 13.7cms x 21.1cms approx, 17 photos.


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Price: 8.99

Book - Windlass in my Belt

Book - Windlass in my Belt

by John Thorpe.

An autobiographical and evocative tale of a young boy's journey into manhood set against the background of the Midland canal system in the 1950s and '60s

It tells of his acceptance into the canal community and gives a vivid account of life on, and journeys in, a working boat.

Soft back. 290 pages. 15cms x 23.7cms approx.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 14.99

Book - Quiet Waters By

Book - Quiet Waters By

by David Blagrove.

This book describes the colourful experiences of a young man who worked as a Thames lock-keeper, while also running a narrow-boat carrying company. His recollections of the Thames Conservancy, Salters' Steamers, and taking the Skinners to the re-opening of the Stratford-on-Avon Canal vividly recapture the waterway scene in the early 1960s.

Soft back, 248 pages, 13.6cms x 21cms approx, 19 photos.


AVAILABILITY :  In stock

Price: 8.00