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Troubled Waters - Memoirs of a Canal Boatwoman by Margaret Cornish, ISBN: 0-7090-2955-1, Published by Trent, in 1987, Written in 1987, Covers the author's life as a trainee boatwoman during the Second World War.. Order now from Amazon.

Claytons of Oldbury by Alan H Faulkner, ISBN: 0907381014, 48 pages, Published by Wilson, in 1978, Includes photogrphs.. Order now from Amazon.

Journeys of the Swan by J Liley, Edition: 1st edition, ISBN: 0 04 386005 2, 192 pages, Published by Allen & Unwin, in 1971, An illustrated account of various journeys in a former Cowburn & Cowper motor boat.. Order now from Amazon.

Clothes of the Cut by Avril Lansdell, ISBN: 0905 366328, 36 pages, Published by Belmont Press, in 1975, A history of canal costume.. Order now from Amazon.

Number One by Tom Foxon, ISBN: 0 907864 58 9, 136 pages, Published by J M Pearson & Son, in 1991, The author's experiences as a working boatman in the early fifties.. Order now from Amazon.

Canal Coins: Inland Waterway Tokens, Medals, Badges and Buttons by Stanley Holland, ISBN: 0 947712 18 6, 71 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1993, Well illustrated. Recommended.. Order now from Amazon.

Railway on the Water by Harrold Crabtree and Mike Clarke, ISBN: 0 9522592 0 6, 120 pages, Published by Sobriety Project, in 1993, Written by Crabtree and edited by Clarke this book deals with the operation of the Tom Pudding compartment boats that operated on the Aire & Calder Navigation.. Order now from Amazon.

Maidens' Trip by Emma Smith, Edition: 1987 Paperback reprint, ISBN: 0 947712 05 4, 208 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1993, Written in 1948, A novel based on author's experiences as a trainee boat woman during the second world war.. Order now from Amazon.

Women & Children of the Cut by Wendy Freer, ISBN: 0 901461 18 0, 80 pages, Published by Railway and Canal Historical Society, in 1995, Order now from Amazon.

Bread upon the Waters by David Blagrove, Edition: Paperback edition, ISBN: 0 947712 27 5, 224 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1995, Written in 1984, Describes the author's experiences of working on the waterways in the 1960s, from a trip boat on the River Kennet at Reading to a pair of working boats in the Willow Wren fleet.. Order now from Amazon.

Idle Women by Susan Woolfitt, Edition: Paperback edition, ISBN: 0 947712 28 3, 223 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1995, Written in 1947, Illustrated account of the work of "trainee" boatwomen during the Second World War.. Order now from Amazon.

Lock Keeper's Daughter by Pat Warner, Edition: Softback, ISBN: 0 906986 08 7, 158 pages, Published by Shepperton Swan, in 1987, Autobiography of life on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal... Order now from Amazon.

The Amateur Boatwomen by E Gayford, ISBN: 0 947712 31 3, 162 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1996, Written in 1973, Order now from Amazon.

Anderton for Orders by Tom Foxon, Edition: Revised, ISBN: 0 947712 33 X, 158 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1997, Written in 1988, Memoirs of a canal boatman in the early 1950s.. Order now from Amazon.

Tugs, Barges and Me by Jake Abram, ISBN: 1 85216 104 3, 55 pages, Published by Neil Richardson, in 1996, Subtitled Manchester Ship Canal and Bridgewater Canal Memories. A4 card covered book describing work on the canals and in the docks.. Order now from Amazon.

The Industrial Canal - Volume 1, The Coal Trade by Ray Shill, ISBN: 0 0951773 5 3, 166 pages, Published by Heartlands Press, in 1996, A5 softback history with photographs and illustrations.. Order now from Amazon.

Troubled Waters - Memoirs of a Canal Boatwoman by Margaret Cornish, Edition: Corrected, ISBN: 0 947712 25 9, 204 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1994, Written in 1987, Covers the author's life as a trainee boatwoman during the Second World War.. Order now from Amazon.

Voices from the Waterways by Jean Stone, ISBN: 0 7509 1351 7, 181 pages, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, in 1997, Recolections of the waterways by people who spent their lives on them.. Order now from Amazon.

A Canal People: The Photographs of Robert Longden by Sonia Rolt, ISBN: 0 7509 1048 8, 154 pages, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, in 1997, Order now from Amazon.

Gongoozlers at the Gate by Kathleen Balchin, ISBN: 0 9530511 0 2, 144 pages, Published by Silverswan, in 1997, The author and her husband spent three years in the 1980s as lock keepers at Tewkesbury on the Lower Avon. This is an account of their time there.. Order now from Amazon.

The Quiet Waters By by David Blagrove, Edition: 1st, ISBN: 0 947712 35 6, 248 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 1998, The story of the author's time spent as a Thames Lock keeper and of some canal trips made at this period. Published in paperback as number 7 of the Working Waterways series.. Order now from Amazon.

Tales from the Old Inland Waterways by Euan Corrie, ISBN: 0 7153 9452 5, 192 pages, Published by David & Charles, in 1998, Stories of the past life on the waterways as told by the people who worked on them.. Order now from Amazon.

John Knill's Navy - Five Years on the Cut by John Knill, ISBN: 0 9532897 0 2, 144 pages, Published by Published by the author, in 1998, The author recalls the 5 years in the fifties that he spent running a small fleet of working boats based at Braunston.. Order now from Amazon.

The Canal Boatmen 1760 - 1914 by Harry Hanson, Edition: Paperback Edition, ISBN: 0 86299 067 X, 244 pages, Published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, in 1984, Written in 1975, A study adapted from a thesis presented for an M.A. degree at Manchester. Much well researched and interesting information, complete with photographs.. Order now from Amazon.

Burscough Boatmen: Their Marriages and their Boats by Robert Cheetham-Houghton, ISBN: 1 901231 12 7, 52 pages, Published by Countyvise, in 1999, A history, with photographs, of the boating families of this small town on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.. Order now from Amazon.

Severn Traders by Colin Green, ISBN: 0 9533028 2 2, 180 pages, Published by Black Dwarf, in 1999, Illustrated history of the trows, barges and other trading craft of the River Severn.. Order now from Amazon.

The Dark River by Cyril Bracegirdle, ISBN: 0 85427 033 7, Published by Sherratt & Hughes, in 1973, About the river Irwell in and around Manchester, and the tales and characters associated with it over the years.. Order now from Amazon.

Hold on a Minute by Tim Wilkinson, ISBN: 0 04 386004 4, Published by Waterway Productions, in 1970, Written in 1965, Order now from Amazon.

Scenes from the Past - Lancashire Canal Carriers, J Monk & Sons by Norman Jones and James and Leonard Monk, ISBN: 1 870119 54 1, 64 pages, Published by Foxline, in 2000, Large format book with good photographs of the Manchester Ship Canal and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.. Order now from Amazon.

Waterways at Work by Thomas Pellow, ISBN: 0 947849 74 2, 84 pages, Published by Landscape Press, in 2000, Illustrated with drawings by Edward Paget-Tomlinson.. Order now from Amazon.

George Smith the Children's Friend by Adrian Bristow, Edition: Softback, ISBN: 0 9535 0020 9, 181 pages, Published by Imogen, in 1999, The story of this social reformer who fought to improve the conditions for children on working boats. . Order now from Amazon.

Hold on a Minute by Tim Wilkinson, ISBN: 0 947712 39 9, 188 pages, Published by M & M Baldwin, in 2001, Written in 1965, Paperback version of this 1965 account of working a pair of narrowboats.. Order now from Amazon.

I'd Go Back Tomorrow by Mike Lucas, ISBN: 0 907864 89 9, 186 pages, Published by Wayzgoose, in 2001, The authors account of the Mikron Theatre Company, of which he was a founder, and its progress through the waterways.. Order now from Amazon.

Working Boat - An Introduction to Midland Canal Carriers 1770 - 1845 by Ray Shill, ISBN: 0 9517755 7 X, 60 pages, Published by Heartlands Press, in 2001, Looks at the operation of canal carrying in the early years.. Order now from Amazon.

Windlass in my Belt - a canal adolescence by John Thorpe, Edition: 1st - Paperback, ISBN: 1 870002 96 2, 290 pages, Published by Waterways World Ltd, in 2002, A school boy's introduction to the waterways in the late 1950's and early 60's and his experiences on hire boats, working narrowboats and a pair of hotel boats.. Order now from Amazon.

Working Boat: Warwickshire & Worcestershire Trades by Ray Shill and Tom Foxon, ISBN: 0 9517755 2 9, 64 pages, Published by Heartlands Press, in 2002, The waterways of these counties and the history of the trade carried by their working boats.. Order now from Amazon.

Knobsticks by Robert J Wilson, Edition: Reset edition., ISBN: 0 907381 33 2, 32 pages, Published by Robert Wilson, in 2002, Written in 1974, Canal carrying on the Trent & Mersey.. Order now from Amazon.

The Number Ones by Robert J Wilson, Edition: Reset and expanded edition., ISBN: 0 907381 18 9, 48 pages, Published by Robert Wilson, in 2002, Written in 1973, The story of the life of owner boatmen on the Midland canals. Order now from Amazon.

Adventures of the Nippy by James Hewitt, ISBN: 0 9543197 0 2, 164 pages, Published by Published by the author, in 2002, The story of boating in the 1950s and the fight to keep the canals open.. Order now from Amazon.

A Spark on Salford Docks - Manchester Canal Memories 1954 - 1963 by Bill Hardie, ISBN: 1 85216 149 3, 50 pages, Published by Neil Richardson, in 2002, An electrician's story of the people who worked in the docks.. Order now from Amazon.

Rivers, Canals and a Young Lad by Mike Routledge, ISBN: 0 9544459 0 2, 56 pages, Published by Published by the author, in 2003, The boating and working experinces of a boy in the 1950s.. Order now from Amazon.

Clinging On by Gerald Box, ISBN: 0 9545056 0 3, 110 pages, Published by Ambion, The Moria Cut, coal and the last days of carrying. The history of commercial carrying on the Ashby Canal from 1965 to 1980.. Order now from Amazon.

Working Boat: Midland Canal Carriers 1770-1845 - 2 - The Birmingham Trade by Ray Shill and Tom Foxon, ISBN: 0 9543098 0 4, 64 pages, Published by Heartlands Press, in 2003, The third volume in a series covering Midland canal trade.. Order now from Amazon.

The Grand Union Canal: From Bentford to Braunston by Ian J Wilson, ISBN: 0 7524 2933 7, 128 pages, Published by Tempus, in 2004, A pictorial history with illustrations based on nearly 200 postcards.. Order now from Amazon.

Canal Boatmen's Missions by Wendy Freer and Gill Foster, ISBN: 0 901461 53 9, 72 pages, Published by Railway and Canal Historical Society, The story of missionaries who worked with boatmen afloat and ashore.. Order now from Amazon.

Just Off the Swale by Don Sattin, ISBN: 09532422 7 7, 114 pages, Published by Chaffcutter Books, in 2005, Boat building and other waterside activities in the area where the Medway meets the Thames.. Order now from Amazon.

Life on the Lancaster Canal by Janet Rigby, ISBN: 1 872895 66 2, 112 pages, Published by Landy, in 2006, The history of the working life on the canal.. Order now from Amazon.

Tugs & Towing Barges on the Humber Waterways by Mike Taylor, ISBN: 0 7524 3804 2, 128 pages, Published by Tempus, in 2006, Order now from Amazon.

Dry Cargo Barges on Humber Waterways by Mike Taylor, ISBN: 978-0-7524-4322-5, 128 pages, Published by Tempus, in 2007, The author's photographs and text of of this comercial traffic.. Order now from Amazon.

Sailing barges of the British Isles by Michael Stammers, ISBN: 978 0 7524 4623 3, Published by The History Press, in 2008, Covers the sailing barges of our coast, estuaries and rivers. Illustrated in b&w with 16 colour images.. Order now from Amazon.

Dry Land Sailor by Fred Hobbs, ISBN: 978-0-9545624-9-6, Published by SGM Publishing, in 2009, Describes life on Grand Union working boats between 1948 and 1956.. Order now from Amazon.

A Canal People: The Photographs of Robert Longden by Sonia Rolt, Edition: reprint, ISBN: 978-0-752-451107, Published by The History Press, in 2009, Written in 1997, Photographs of the canal families, mainly taken taken around Hawkesbury Junction in the decade following the war, by the photographer Robert Longden. . Order now from Amazon.

Severn Bridge Disaster by Chris Witts, ISBN: 978 0 9532711 3 9, 46 pages, Published by River Severn Publications, in 2010, Tells the story of the 1960 collision of two tanker barges with the Severn Railway Bridge, which led to loss of life and of the bridge.. Order now from Amazon.

Tales from the West Midlands Canals by Robert Davies, ISBN: 978 0 7524 5500 6, Published by The History Press, in 2010, The history of these canals and the working boats that used them.. Order now from Amazon.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal by Keith Gibson and David Finnis, ISBN: 978-1-84306-522-7, Published by Horizon, in 2010, A history of the canal illustrated with old photographs.. Order now from Amazon.

Tracing Your Canal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Sue Wilkes, Edition: firat, ISBN: 978-1848842380, Published by Pen & Sword, in 2011, Written in 2011, Paperback. Order now from Amazon.

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Jim Shead Waterways Photographer & Writer
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