from the editor’s desk

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Winter Edition of CanalsOnline Magazine.  Winter, like the Autumn, and a good part of the Summer, promises to be extremely wet. But maybe, just maybe, we'll end up with a white Christmas, who knows?

My thanks to all of those who have contributed articles to this edition so far. I know there are more amongst you still working hard to meet our deadlines. It's all very much apreciated! Meanwhile we have a new author of the season, Gill Shaw, with her stunning new book entitled "Canal Boat LIves". Well worth a look! We are always looking for Roving Canal Traders to feature, so if you fit the bill, do get in touch.


Our Winter Free Prize Draw has begun. This one will give everyone the chance to win a Recoheat Stove Heat Recovery System. So make sure you don't miss out on your chance to win!

The winner of our Autumn Free Prize Draw is Charlie Ryan of NB Cat and The Moon who walks away with a Narrowboat Top Box Storage unit from Goodwin Plastics.


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Happy Reading!


guest editorials

lead barnerds
by 'Barn' lead barnerdsTiny lead sculptures of barnerds are left all over the world, some to be discovered, others to stay in situ for ever. More frequently, they are given to nice people that Barn meets in pubs.
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an engineering apprenticeship
by Lewis Douglas
Rothen GroupLewis Douglas, apprentice engineer with the Rothen Group, explains how he has progressed during the first year of his career on the waterways.
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living on an electric narrowboat
by Jeanette Feathersolar panels raisedJeanette Feather describes life as a continual cruiser aboard all electric Narrowboat 'Mister Blue Sky'
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albion adventure
by David CornesWherry AlbionDavid Cornes tells us about the MNA Boat Club's outing on the Historic Norfolk Wherry 'Albion' - sailing through all weathers.
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wooden canal boat society
by Chris Leah
the wooden canal boat societyChris Leah talks about the work of the WCBS who restore old wooden canal boats, giving them a new role and purpose in the life of the waterways.
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whimbrel - a tale of love
source - Frank Sanderson
whimbrel re-launchColin Ogden uses lockdown as the opportunity to do something momentous in his late wife Lynda's memory. He completely restores her beloved boat, Whimbrel, and relaunches her.
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yorkshire waterways museum
by Jan McGeachie
yorkshire waterways museumJan McGeachie laments the closure of the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, and looks back at some of the museum's happier days.
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caraboat helter skelter
by Neil McGarrycaraboat at Ferry Nabb, WindermereNeil McGarry tells us how he came to buy a 1973 caravan/boat, restoring it to its former glory and then exploring much of our inland waterways in it.
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boating and france
by Paul McGrane
French locksPaul McGrane discusses the pros and cons of boating in France and tells us what we would need to do before taking our own boat or a hire boat on French waterways.
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epic endurance challenge 2022
by Steve Mandaluffjooles Paillin epic enduranceJooles Paillin, a 39 year old mother who lives just outside Nottingham, will be taking up the Tallisker Whisky Challenge and rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic in 2022.
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