Chris Deuchar's Inland Waterway Page
(Current update: Tuesday, October 27, 2020)
It has to be said
first that the best page to begin any web search for, or follow up any
interest in, English inland waterways is the website known as
GEORGE'S CANAL PAGES.
You will find links there to all known waterway sites, including
many personal web pages, boat hire, licensing, routes (and roots!), societies
and organisation - not forgetting the annual Great Internet Get-together.
In short there is everything you probably need to know. If you find a site
referenced, let George know!
waterway material is discussed on the newsgroup uk.rec.waterways which
used to be gatewayed to and from the ‘canals’ mailing list but you now
must subscribe separately. The other essential uk inland waterways starting
point is the
INLAND WATERWAYS ASSOCIATION,
without whose efforts since the 1940's our present extensive system would
simply no longer exist. Follow the link to their web site (linked of course
This page is a brief resume of my personal
interests in, and activities on, the waterways.
I have lived afloat on the waterways since 1973. This has
been the culmination of an interest which started off with building model
boats in my childhood, building a canoe in my 'teens and moving up through
a series a ever larger cruisers and narrow boats to the present day where
my wife, Jan, and I now own between us a pair of traditional narrow boats.
A motor boat
and an unpowered butty
are both historic ex-working boats built in 1927 and 1912 respectively
and would have worked together carrying all sorts of cargoes across the
length and breadth of the country in the same way that regular lorry couriers
In 1998, I
published a book
on the special skills needed to operate this types of boat.
this interest in historic boats developed gradually, and for many years
I was heavily involved in the Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club, but I now
have a wider ranging site for all UK
HISTORIC INLAND WORKING BOATS
- not just narrow boats.
afloat brings its own problems. Many of these are addressed by the
RESIDENTIAL BOAT OWNERS ASSOCIATION
which I strongly recommend all boat dwellers
The website includes an FAQ, an application form, views of a members
boat and links to other waterway sites. Over the years they have developed
into a worthwhile body who have established sound procedures for dealing
with local authorities and navigation authorities when it comes to council
tax, moorings, VAT etc etc ...and of course the social round!
Miscellaneous Old and New, Waterway Pages...
See also the
'Walks & Explorations'
pages for more.
INDIVIDUAL WATERWAY STUFF:
River Trent/Erewash Canal: Floods at Trent Lock in November 2000
Caldon Canal at Hazelhurst: Early Changes (2003)
Horseboating on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal (1997)
Nottingham Canal: the 'unexpurgated' version of the Waterways World articles.
Nutbrook Canal: an exploration
Oxford Canal: Wolfampcote Loop
The Regents Canal Towpath Walk (1975 - 2Mb pdf)
Using Firefox, this PDF doesn't always display correctly - you may need to use
a different browser or right-click and download the file.
OTHER WATERWAY RELATED STUFF:
"BRIDGES" - art study 1976
"Canal Boat Decoration" - art study 1975
Paddle Spindle Size Changes (1995)
WATERWAYS SCIENCE GROUP
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