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A Boat Builder's Sketchbook

by Ken Keay

Read about the lost art of building wooden narrow boats. This is no colouring book for children, but a collection of beautifully drawn technical diagrams. A reprint of the original 1993 limited edition, with exclusive new material, a new introduction and new high resolution reproductions of Ken Keay's original drawings.

re-published by HNBC


DVD - Towpath Encounter

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships - running time 18 mins.

Horse Boating on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.


DVD - Warehouse at Work

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships - running time 26 mins.

The techiques and equipment of a Victorian waterway warehouse.


DVD - Last coal run from Anglesey

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships - running time 35 mins.

Recreating a coal run from Anglesey, on the edge of Cannock Chase, to the Black Country.


DVD - A Tanner a Night

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships 

The everyday work of a boat horse stable on the Trent & Mersey Canal.


DVD - Topcloth and Tippet

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships - running time 30 mins.

Weatherproofing the hold of a working narrow boat.


DVD - Gunnels Under

DVD from the Sight Seen Partnerships - running time 36 mins.

Re-floating a sunken narrow boat.


The Other Sixty Miles

by Richard Chester-Browne

A survey of the abandoned canals of Birmingham and the Black Country.


Twilight Years of Narrow Boat Carrying

Photographs from the Mike Webb Collection

Mike Webb's interest in cargo carrying started at an early age, whilst still at school in Brewood.His canal photography began in the 1960s when he bought his first camera.


Waterways Journal - Volume 19

2017: Little Ventured: Little Gained: Dee Navigation Improvement Plans 1836-54 : David Parry. The Patent Slip and Associated Buildings at Ellesmere Port: Hannah Holmes. Steam on the Weaver Navigation: Terry Kavanagh. Holt Abbott - a pioneer in canal cruiser design and hire boat operation: David Brown and Angela Clark. Tilbury - A correction from Richard Thomas. John Wilkinson, his role in the ore trade: Peter Sandbach.