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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

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