A lot was happening on the canals 90 years ago – the Bolinder was taking over from horses and steam engines as the main form of motive power, and the Grand Union Canal Company, which brought together the Regent’s, Grand Junction and Warwick Canals, was a gleam in Wilfred Curtis’s eye. Oh, and Her Majesty The Queen was born.
Which is partly why we’re focusing on the Lower Thames for our Cruise Guide this issue. It is, of course, the Royal river and one of the country’s most beautiful waterways, particularly during the summer months.
We hope that as part of the recognition of the Monarch’s official 90th birthday celebrations this month (June) as many people as possible will be out enjoying the river – I certainly will be – and we hope our Cruise Guide will help you, too.
Moving further down the waterway, figures released by CRT have shown that the number of boats in London has increased by 400 in the last year – so now you know where all those second-hand boats that have been selling like hot new iPhones have gone.
CRT has announced it is putting together a London mooring strategy for implementation in 2017 (see page 6); they’d better get a move on because 400 extra boats in a year is, essentially, a marina’s worth – who knows how many more there will be by 2017...
NICK WALL Editor