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On the Boats

by Les Mason

Memories of time spent on and around the Cromford Canal


Quiet Waters By

By David Blagrove

Here are 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 reopening of the Stratford-on-Avon Canal vividly recall the waterway scene in the early 1960s.


Roses & Castles

by Jane Marshall

Jane Marshall, of the canal oriented Day-Star Theatre, will be well-known to many HNBC members.  She also runs courses on traditional narrow boat decoration, and this book is based on her 20+ years of experience. 


Roses and Castles

By Robert J Wilson

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

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Severn & Canal and Cadburys

By Alan H Faulkner

The 14th book in the Robert Wilson series.
Published 1981.

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Shropshire Union Fly Boats - The Jack Roberts Story

This book is about the life of Jack Roberts who was born in 1894 on the canal boat Quail, and worked with horses on the Shropshire Union Fly boats until 1921. The book relates his own fascinating memories of life on these boats as a young man. There is a wealth of detail regarding boating not only on the then very extensive SU system, but also various trips further afield.



By Berlie Doherty
Illustrated by Keith Bowen

Rachel loves living on a narrowboat. There are so many things she loves about it but most of all Rachel loves Snowy, the big and beautiful boat horse. When her teacher asks the class to bring in their pets to show, what can Rachel do?

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Too Many Boats

By Robert J Wilson

A history of British Waterways' narrow boat carrying fleets.

The 13th book in the Robert Wilson series.
Published 1980.


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.


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.