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Roses and Castles

By Robert J Wilson

The 10th book in the Robert Wilson series.
Published 1976.

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Troubled Waters

By Margaret Cornish

In this book the author describes the Ministry Of War Transport scheme under which women ‘off the land’ were recruited to crew canal boats. Writing many years later, Margaret Cornish was able to give a more balanced description of this scheme than earlier writers.


Waterways Journal - Volume 01

May 1999:

Steam and Diesel on the Bridgewater Canal: Alf Hayman
British Canal History in Perspective: Mike Clarke
Cruising the Llangollen & Shrewsbury Canals, 1939: Captain T Wheeldon
The Canals of England and Wales – The Future They Never Had: Tony Burnip


Waterways Journal - Volume 02

Spring 2000:

The Bridgewater Canal and its links with Staffordshire: Alf Hayman
Revisiting some aspects of Horseboating: Tony Lewery
A brief history of the River Weaver: Tony Hirst
Early steam tugs on the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal: Terry Kavanagh


Waterways Journal - Volume 03

Spring 2001:

Severn Carriers in the Railway Age: Hugh Conway-Jones
A Lifetime of Friendship with Rose and Joe Skinner: Philip Kidd
The Daresbury of Castle: an eighteenth century Weaver Flat: Edward Paget-Tomlinson
Wooden Barge Building and the Origins of the Narrow Boat: Mike Clarke


Waterways Journal - Volume 04

Spring 2002:

Narrow Boats on the Thames: David Blagrove
Carrying Craft on the Bridgewater Canal, 1773 – 1974: Alf Hayman
Declining Traffics on Branches of the Shropshire Union Canal: Joseph Boughey


Waterways Journal - Volume 05

Spring 2003:

Wartime Waterways: Mike Clarke
Building Flats at Runcorn: Mike Stammers
Life and Times of a Shroppie Fly-boatman: Terry Kavanagh
Liverpool Docks of the Bridgewater and Mersey & Irwell Navigations: Alf Hayman


Waterways Journal - Volume 09

Spring 2007:

George Smith of Coalville and his influence on Boating: Pat Crecraft
Tom Puddings in the 1960s, the last traffics: Mike Taylor
How the Llangollen Canal was saved: Peter Brown
A trip on converted ex-working boat Phosphorus: Tony Hirst


Waterways Journal - Volume 10

Spring 2008:

The Rochdale Canal and its Carrying Department: Mike Clarke
The Waterways of Central Scotland and the Craft that Used Them: John R Hume
The Early History of Runcorn Docks: 1773 – 1914: Alf Hayman
A Brief History of E. C. Jones (Brentford) Ltd.: Cath Turpin


Waterways Journal - Volume 11

Spring 2009:

The River Weaver Navigation, a proud engineering tradition: Colin Edmondson
Early Narrow Boats on the Thames – a follow up: David Blagrove
BCN Tugs: Bowaters and Chance & Hunt: Martin O’Keeffe
Aspects of Family Boating on the Shropshire Union Canal: Terry Kavanagh