Waterways Journal (current issue)

Published annually by the Waterways Museum Society and a useful source of research material.

Contents of Waterways Journal Volume 21

Bridgewater Boat-building at Bangor-on-Dee
Paul Sillitoe
Building flats for use on the Bridgewater Canal on the banks of the River Dee well above Chester, seems an unlikely scenario. But as Paul Sillitoe explains, in 1989, the then Boat Museum Archive, received what seemed to be a routine family history enquiry: “What was known about John Lloyd, boat-builder for the Duke of Bridgewater at Bangor-on-Dee?” This opened up three decades of research, which has revealed a wealth of fascinating and hitherto hidden history. In the first of two successive articles, Paul identifies the site of this innovative enterprise, while describing and discussing the context of its creation.

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company: a voyage from the archive.
Jonathan Pepler
The former County Archivist at what was then known as the Cheshire County Record Office is a regular volunteer in the Waterways Archive at Ellesmere Port. He has spent many hours cataloging the large collection of operating records of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company which came to this Archive when the British Waterways archive moved north to Ellesmere Port in 2011. Here he gives a flavour of the sometimes mundane, but always interesting correspondences and records which have survived from the years 1895 – 1948, when the company was nationalized.

The Manchester Ship Canal hospital at Ellesmere Port
Nigel Rose and Carl Collier
The Manchester Ship Canal, linking Manchester to the river Mersey at Eastham in Cheshire was the last major waterway to be constructed in the British Isles and also the largest. It was the first in which large mechanised equipment was used, with work progressing day and night and inevitably accidents which occurred were often more severe than in previous canal constructions. This necessitated facilities for the treatment of ensuing injuries and the building of the hospitals such as the one at Ellesmere Port described here.

The Vessels of the Chester Leadworks
Terry Kavanagh
The lead works alongside the Chester Canal in the city was built in 1880 and from the outset, raw materials were brought to the site by a variety of vessels owned by the Company. This coastal trade was integral to inland waterways traffic and is often overlooked. The Chester Leadworks owned and sometimes built sailing flats, schooners, narrow boats and steam vessels. Terry has been researching the stories of these craft and their crews for many years and also recounts the hazards which they overcame.

The Latest News from the Waterways Archive
Archivists Linda Barley and John Benson list an impressive selection of recent additions to the Canal and River Trust Waterways Archive at Ellesmere Port.


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