Archives and Fleet listings
A M Models
Extensive listings, fleet information and photos of historic craft
Black Country History
Search for material held in archives and museums in the area.
Sound and film archive, worth checking to see what’s new
The 3500 hour British Pathé Film Archive covers news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970. Try putting canal boats in the search box for some gems.
Roger Fuller (Boatbuilder)
Historic fleet colours, history and listings.
English Heritage - National Monuments Record
Search for listed buildings on the database and for colour photographs of those listed. Search for historic photographs on Viewfinder and for information on architectural, archaeological and maritime sites on PastScape.
History of the Narrow Boat Steamer
Comprehensive history of steamers on the canals, general cargo boats, Fellows Morton & Clayton fleets, Grand Junction fleets and narrow tugs.
Jim Payler’s Albums of Canal Boats
Jim Shead's boat listings
Searchable listing of boats, historic and modern
Mary Evans Picture Library
Licences images for commercial use. Type canal in the search box and scroll through.
Canal history resources
National Register of Historic Vessels
Information on over 1,200 historic vessels and the National Historic Fleet. Also a small grant scheme, funding links, advice for vessel owners.
National Waterways Archive
Details of research facilities and link to Virtual Waterways Archive.
Archive material including old film footage and catalogue search facility. Go to Links, then Boats and Ships, then Inland Waterways.