100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

March 31, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

THE Gov­ern­ment have at length moved in a di­rec­tion long over­due by tak­ing the canals un­der their di­rect con­trol, thus re­mov­ing the stran­gle­hold the rail­ways have ex­er­cised for so long over this pic­turesque method of in­land trans­port. The bargee and barge woman may thus in fu­ture be more fa­mil­iar sights than they have been in the past. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing pho­to­graph, which was taken on the Grand Junc­tion Canal near Ruis­lip, shows a steam tug go­ing full speed ahead, and a barge woman is steer­ing one of the fol­low­ing string of mon­key boats, car­ry­ing raw cop­per from lighters in the Thames to Birm­ing­ham.— W. Mcwilliam

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