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You’ll prob­a­bly be fa­mil­iar with the idea that most canals in main­land Europe and other over­seas coun­tries are on a rather larger scale than our Bri­tish nar­row canals. But some of them are a whole or­der of mag­ni­tude big­ger than that. This pic­ture book con­cen­trates on the world’s ship canals, with pho­tographs of size­able seago­ing craft on big­ger wa­ter­ways of coun­tries in­clud­ing Ger­many (such as the Kiel Canal), the Nether­lands, Rus­sia, Swe­den, France and Greece’s Corinth Canal as well as the more well-known ship canals in­clud­ing Suez and Panama. Bri­tain does fea­ture (the Manch­ester Ship Canal), and while it’s more about the ships, this book does pro­vide some in­for­ma­tion about the canals, along­side a set of pho­tos which might be a bit of an eye-opener for those more used to the likes of the south­ern Ox­ford Canal.

Coasters on Canals, Bernard McCall, Gomer Press, gomer­print­, £16, 978-1-902953-88-5

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