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This article Clicking on Canals No 53 is the copyright of Jim Shead - The fifty-third of a regular series of articles on waterways on the internet. First published in Waterways World June 2005.


 

clicking.on.canals

by Jim Shead


What's New?

Michele Field www.saa.co.uk/art/michele is a well-established artist in Oxfordshire whose work consists of pet portraits, landscapes, flowers, still life and modern art as well as canals and waterways. Her pages are part of the Society for All Artists (SAA) website which is a good example of how people are getting onto the web without having to set up their own pages. Artists seem to be well provided for in this field as Michele is also a member of the Guild of Waterway Artists www.chaninweb.co.uk/gowa a group of artists interested in the commercial painting of rivers canals, wetlands and other waterways. This site was new to me although we have previously featured at least one of their members' websites on this page.

Berthfinder.com www.berthfinder.com is a new website that has berths and moorings to buy or rent on coastal or inland waters and of course berths and moorings can also be sold on the site. There is a separate selection option for those just interested in inland waterway moorings. Starline Marine www.starline.demon.co.uk is a new boat building site run by Pauline & Ian Cundy and based at Upton Marina. Previously they also operated hire craft as Starline Narrowboats, which now continues under new ownership while they concentrate on boat construction.

If you are looking for somewhere to go on the 18th or 19th of June then take a look at Blisworth Tunnel 200 Years www.blisworthtunnel.org.uk about the major rally and canal festival being held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of Blisworth Tunnel in 1805. On 29th-31st July the Severn Boat Festival www.severnboatfestival.co.uk is being held on the river at Worcester.

Pike Bridge Project www.stroudwater.co.uk/pikebridge/ is a project that is being organised by the Cotswold Canals Trust as part of its contribution to the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal.

We end with four personal sites each one devoted to their owner's narrowboat. N.B. Tambourine www.tambourine.org.uk covers the design and construction of a 50-foot narrowboat built by Associated Cruisers in 1998. NarrowBoat Drift-A-Way www.drift-a-way.cjb.net tells the story of a much newer boat that was only ordered after choosing a shell builder in late 2004. Fitting out the narrowboat was still to be started at the time of writing - March 2005. Narrowboat Elektra http://homepages.cs.ncl.ac.uk/harry.whitfield/home.formal/Elektra/ is gas free 57-foot narrowboat, powered by a 30bhp Beta Marine PropGen diesel engine which can also generate up to 11kVA of electric power at 230V. Cooking is all-electric. The boat was finished in 2001 but I have only just found the site. Our concluding craft is Narrowboat Lord Toulouse http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/Narrowboat_Ultimate/index.html which covers both the building of the narrowboat and what has happened to her since then. The site has a very basic style and navigation but contains a lot of clear photographs illustrating the construction in some detail.

Your Input

Every month at the bottom of this page we invite you to let us know about your favourite sites but very few people do, not even to promote their own websites. This is clicking.on.canals number 53 so we have already selected half a hundred sites of the month as well as featuring several hundred other sites. I try to mention every new inland waterway site that I hear of, so if you have a site you think should be included please let me know. If you want to see all the sites I know of they can be found on my links pages at www.jim-shead.com.

Site of the Month

Snecklifter : A Journey www.snecklifter.com is a site that introduces itself with the sentence "A late middle-aged couple sold their house, bought a 60ft narrowboat and on Good Friday 2002 started a four-year cruise of Britain's waterways". It is perhaps a story for our time that has been repeated, with different variations and embellishments, hundreds of times up and down our waterways. Not everyone who embarks upon such a venture decides to share the highs and lows of boating with the world at large through a website and of those that do many falter or fizzle out before the end is reached. Mike and Liz Holloway are made of sterner stuff and three years into the project their site is still kept up to date.

This is technically a very simple site. Its strengths lie in the quality of the writing, the photographs and captions, and in the fact that it is regularly updated. There is a section on building the boat and one with photos of friends made during the voyage. As might be expected, latest news and pictures each have their own pages and "the idea" that started it all has a page too but for serious reading the Archive section has three years of diaries that will take you through the whole voyage. In the best traditions of the cut Snecklifter is named after a beer.

If you would like to suggest a favourite web site which you think WW readers should know about please mail me at click@jim-shead.com.

Michele Field.

Blisworth Tunnel.

Drift-A-Way.

Elektra.

Lord Toulouse.

Please note: the above links were correct when this article was published in the June 2005 issue of Waterways World but for up to date links please see my links page.

  

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