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This article Clicking on Canals No 59 is the copyright of Jim Shead - The fifty-nineth of a regular series of articles on waterways on the internet. First published in Waterways World December 2005.


 

clicking.on.canals

by Jim Shead


What's New

This months page starts and ends with sites devoted to individual boats. Narrowboat Somerton www.vadcar.org.uk/Somerton01/somerton.htm is a small site about this 58 ft long, semi-traditional design narrowboat, which was launched in August 2001. It's not only narrowboats that have websites, Iron Dutchess www.the-iron-dutchess.com covers the building and voyages of a 55ft x 12ft Replica Dutch Barge. We have just one other personal site which is Mel's Websites www.melashton.co.uk a site that contains a lot of pages about canal boating.

Thames Ditton Marina www.thamesmarina.co.uk is situated between Hampton Court and Kingston on the River Thames and offers all the usual marina and boat sales services. ABTwww.abt.uk.net is a company specialising in boat transport, crane hire and plant sales. Worcester Marine Windows Limited www.narrowboatwindows.co.uk are offering a full window design and manufacturing facility and are able to produce any required shape, type and size of window.

Wharf House Narrowboats www.wharfhouse.co.uk are builders of distinctive and bespoke narrowboats situated in an historic canalside building at the Bottom Lock in Braunston. They also have a chandlery that is open everyday. Brunswick Black www.brunswickblack.co.uk is a newly established narrowboat builders and fitters company in the heart of Merseyside.

Kate Rhodes - Artist www.sign-artist.co.uk is the site of an artist who undertakes a wide range of work, using many techniques, including narrowboat decoration and sign writing. SAC Boat Names www.sacboatnames.com is the website of SAC Graphics that was established in 1988 and claims to be one of the first companies to supply computer generated graphics by mail order to the marine trade. Safewater Alarms Limited www.safewateralarms.co.uk promotes Safety Turtle that is a drowning prevention device that helps to protect your family and pets from the dangers of water. Boating Market www.boating-market.co.uk is a website enabling people to advertise or buy boats and boating accessories and to access a photo gallery, news and chat.

Quarryman's Walk Coventry Canal www.quarrymanswalk.co.uk is a website that is designed primarily for school children but people of all ages can use it to explore the Quarryman's Walk, which runs along a two and a half mile stretch of the Coventry Canal at Hartshill. The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society www.danieladamson.com looks after the historic tug-tender Daniel Adamson that was kept at The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port. In 2004 her owners, the Manchester Ship Canal Company, decided to scrap her. This led to the formation of the Society. More historic boats can be found on Narrowboat Steamers History www.steamershistorical.co.uk a site that publishes serious research into the history of steam powered narrowboats.

Site of the Month

With blogs, or web logs, becoming increasingly popular it was only a matter of time before one featured as Site of the Month and this month we feature a blog for the first time. Granny Buttons www.grannybuttons.com is the blog of Andrew Denny cruising the canals on his eponymous narrowboat. The great challenge with a blog is to keep it updated frequently with interesting information. Many people must start publishing the daily record of their lives and travels with great enthusiasm only to find that they are running out of things to say or feel that they are held prisoner to the need to constantly update their blogs. Andrew has been blogging for a couple of years now and still seems to be in top form.

Some blogs consist mostly, or entirely, of text whereas Granny Buttons has plenty of good quality photos to illustrate nearly every entry. We also get a real insight into the interests and attitudes of the author. Food and canalside pubs and restaurants are frequently commented upon as are other waterway structures, boats, people, local churches, activities and books. As well as the log of Granny Buttons' travels there are photo galleries, including one devoted to pictures of "odd boats". There is also a selection of books, nearly all canal related, with links to Amazon for anyone wanting to buy a copy online. Links to websites devoted to other narrowboats as well as links to general waterways sites are provided as well.

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.

The Iron Dutchess.

Kate Rhodes: sign artist.

Brunswick Black.

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

  

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