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When we re­viewed the orig­i­nal vol­ume of His­toric Work­ing Nar­row Boats

To­day in 2013, we re­ported that the com­pil­ers had man­aged to pho­to­graph well over 50 per­cent of the 830 or so work­ing and ex-work­ing craft still in ex­is­tence. But since then, an­other 120 have come to light, bring­ing the to­tal to around 957 – and this sec­ond vol­ume in­cludes pic­tures of an­other 450 ves­sels. With ex­ten­sive cov­er­age in Vol­ume 1 of the big fleets of the Grand Union Canal Car­ry­ing Com­pany and Fel­lows, Mor­ton & Clay­ton, this time there’s a higher pro­por­tion of the oth­ers: the smaller com­pa­nies, the many Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions day-boats some of un­cer­tain prove­nance, and sev­eral dozen boats (or frag­ments of boats) whose iden­tity is un­known but which were clearly once car­ry­ing craft. His­toric Work­ing Nar­row Boats To­day – 2, David Wil­liams & Peter Sil­vester, Canal Book Shop, canal­book­shop.co.uk, £19.95, 978-0-9955180-1-8

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