Category: Features

Curlew in crisis

Alison Alderton looks at the plight of the iconic wader and measures being introduced to protect the bird from extinction in Ireland. WITH its long legs, mottled brown plumage, downwards-curved bill and haunting cry,...

‘Ordinary’ canal lock

Genius in its simplicity THE canal lock is a masterpiece of simplicity that ingeniously carries boats uphill and downhill in still water. It’s the place gongoozlers gather and where passing boats cram conversations and...

Flying boat!

FORMER British Waterways work boat Pentland took to the sky – twice – in a move to her new home on Friday March 3. Walker’s of Tuxworth craned her on to a transporter at...

Characters of the cut

Julie Webb discovers that one of the Braunston Rally’s regulars is a skater as well as a boater. THE day I interviewed David Daines, in the snug saloon of his 1935 motor boat Cyprus...

Characters of the cut

Elizabeth Rogers meets two carpenters who have worked together for more than 30 years after joining the Environment Agency as apprentices in 1985. WHILE personnel such as lock keepers are the public face, having...

Petrulengo Jenkins talks through his crystal ball

BACK in January 2016,  Norbury Wharf’s own fortune teller, Petrulengo Jenkins, dug out his crystal ball and the results were astounding. He infallibly predicted: “Frost in January, green leaves in the spring, sun in...

An introduction to towpath astronomy

By Brian Jones   ASTRONOMY is by far the oldest of the sciences and humans have been gazing at the night sky since well before recorded history, although it is only in relatively recent...

Characters of the cut

Elizabeth Rogers met non-tidal River Thames harbourmaster Andrew Graham and his successor Barry Russell before Andrew’s retirement. AS THE River Thames waterways operations managers, known as harbourmasters, ensure a seamless flow for the users...

Discovering success in the sunshine

THE Grantham Canal Discovery Day on Sunday October 9 was a great success enjoying sunny weather for most of the day. Over 700 visitors came to the event based at the Grantham Canal Society’s...

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