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Waterways Chronology from 1939 to 1948

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1939

Inland Waterways of Great Britian and Ireland

By L A Edwards. Navigation handbook Written.

Droitwich Canal

Abandoned.

Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.

1940

Narrow Boat

Written by L T C Rolt in early April 1940. This classic book which led directly to the founding of the Inland Waterways Association, and the revival of interest in canals, was completed "a few weeks" after the Cressy arrived at Hungerford.

Sleaford Navigation

Closed in 1881 but much of it navigable until the 1940s.

1942

The Projected Grand Contour Canal

To connect with estuaries and canals in England, Published by Cotterell & Co. Details of a scheme to build a major trunk canal, going from Newcastle upon Tyne to Hampshire, following the 300 foot contour line. by J F Pownall.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

Halifax Branch abandoned.

1943

River Don

The river at Fishlake was diverted.

River Weaver

C M Marsh

As the navigations engineer he was asked by the Ministry of War Transport to report on the possibility of a navigation for 100-ton vessels to Wolverhampton. He recconded the use of the upper Weaver to Audlem and the upgrading of the Shropshire Union.

1944

Narrow Boat

By L T C Rolt , Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, but written early April 1940 This classic book which led directly to the founding of the Inland Waterways Association, and the revival of interest in canals.

Cromford Canal

The whole of the canal, except for half a mile, was abandoned.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Closed by the LMS Railway Act.

Shrewsbury Canal

Newport Branch (then part of the Shropshire Union) officially closed.

River Thames

The Tideless Thames in Future London by J H O Bunge, Published by Frederick Muller.

River Welland

E G Taverner

He produced a 723,000 scheme for the improvement of the river which included the diversion of some of the River Glen waters to the Welland by means of the Greatford Cut, and a by-pass channel around Spalding to reduce the risk of flooding.

1945

Ulverston Canal

Abandoned.

1946

The Inland Waterways Association founded.

River Thames

Sweet Thames Run Softly by Robert Gibbings, Published by J M Dent - A voyage from Lechlade to London with wood engravings and many anedotes.

1947

Idle Women

By Susan Woolfitt, Published by Ernest Benn Illustrated account of the work of "trainee" boatwomen during the Second World War.

1948

Fellows, Morton & Clayton

Sold its fleet to the British Transport Commission.

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The lift bridge at Talybont was replaced by a very low fixed bridge in about 1948.

Thames & Medway Canal

Spritsail Barges of the Thames & Medway by Edgar March, published.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Robert Aickman and Tom Rolt (both co-founders of The Inland Waterways Association) made what was probably the last transit of the whole length of the canal, including the three miles through the tunnel.

Maiden's Trip

By Emma Smith, Published by Putnam & Co. Ltd. A novel based on author's experiences as a trainee boat woman during the second world war.

Nationalisation

Many waterways nationalised and the British Transport Commision formed to run railways, waterways and docks.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Robert Davidson

The canal was nationalised and he became a member of the Docks & Inland Waterways Executive.

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