Canal & Waterway Internet Resources- General
Facebook Groups / Web Forums / Email Mailing Lists
not very active
- spun off the the canals mailing list (see above)
in November 1995. Carried the same messages as the mailing list
until June 11, 1999. Independent of list since then.
converses in French, and may sometimes include canals
and waterways information.
Essentially defunct - no on-topic postings in years.
- created in January 1999, for discussions
related to the Fen waterways of the UK.
Web sites: ( I list below only
those sites that I have not linked to elsewhere.)
General Canal Information Sites
In addition to the site you are now visiting, the following general information sites
The Boat Shop
- windlasses, plaques, brasses, prints, guides (Braunston, on GU)
- Canal Maps and Cruising Guides, Books, Videos, Gifts, Chandlery
Canal Shop Company
- canal-related items; videos
Laurence Hogg Productions
- I am sorry to report that Laurence passed on in June 2018
- brass plaques; antique gifts/books.
For boat accessories, see the
Boat Ownership, Construction, Maintenance, and Services page.
See also listings on the Near the Water... page.
I. A. Recordings
- make video records of working industry as well as the
remains of past industries, including inland waterways.
See also Museums
Also many local Canal- and Waterway-Related Organizations have
historical information on their particular canal.
Historical information for canals in North America can be found on the
North American Canals page.
See also Canal- and Waterway-Related
Organisations - Specific Types of Boats, which includes organisations
interested in the restoration or study of historic boats.
articles on the history of canals
Someone has resurrected Peter Hardcastle's previously retired Canals: Roots & Routes here at Canals and Waterways [Thanks to Paul Thirly for
suggesting this link.]
Steve Wood's info on historic Fellows,
Morton, and Clayton Fish Class boats
Historic Inland Working Boats
Richard Thomas on
The History of the Narrow Boat Steamer
Virtual Waterways Archive Catalogue - Website defunct - on-line searchable archive
Canal Maps Archive
- "Historic Maps and Plans of Inland Navigation"; emphasizing the
Mike Stevens' Waterways of England and Wales : Their History
in Maps - many thanks due to the London Canal Museum for keeping these
The International Canal Monuments List - NOTE: this links to a pdf file
Online access to the full text of the classic 1831 book
Historical Account of the
Rivers, Canals, and Railways of Great Britain, by Joseph Priestley. To see a clickable list of navigations, click the "Index" link - NOT the "List of Navigations" link
The General History of Inland Navigation
- by John Phillips, Sr.; published 1803; full text from google books
Ice Boats of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Historic Staffordshire canal photos and documents
National Historic Ships
- (for narrowboats: under "Quick-Links", choose "Search the registers";
then enter narrow in the Type/sub-function box and click "Search")
Brian Goggin's Irish waterways history
'Idle Women' of the canals
- "the extraordinary women who volunteered to work the canal boats during" WWII
A Waterways Heritage - Canal Connections and Family History
- historical canal photos facebook pages
Birmingham & Black Country Nostalgia
- was 1960s photographs and verse by Peter Donnelly, but as of my check
on 29 Aug 2016, gallery page says "coming soon"
Changes on the Cut
- article reflecting on the changes that have taken place since Peter Donnelly's photos
Some entries under "Historic" and "Museums" may also be helpful.
Specific Types of Boats
Here's links to various types of narrowboats, and also to other types
of boats you'll find on the canals and waterways. For actual
organisations related to specific types of boats,
see Societies - UK - Specific Types of
Boats and Specific Historic Boats.
Boat Handling Courses
Boat Maintenance Courses
- Courses available in Boat and Engine Maintenance and
Electrics for Boaters.
- Note: lots of useful info in the on-line course notes.
Boat Safety Equipment
You may find the following sites helpful:
Of course, most sites linked to from canals.com include photographs related to
their topic area. The sites below are those devoted specifically to waterway
photographs and not by professional photographers.
Canal Photos Waterways Pictures - Website defunct
- photo sharing site - upload your own pictures (free)
Kite Aerial Photography
- panoramas taken from a kite; has Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and
Bosley Locks; requires Flash to view
See also Photo Blogs
Waterway Art and Craft
For traditional signwriting and boat lettering, see the
"Boat Ownership ..." page.
Canalside and Waterside New Home Developments
NOT a complete list - just ones I happened to find. Please
email me (address at bottom of page) if you find others.
- waterside property specialists (Thames Ditton)
South and southwest
[aware of none at the moment]
[aware of none at the moment]
Thanks to Steve Parish, Martin Clark, Baz Juniper, "Liz", and Neil Arlidge
for contributions to the "home developments" section.
Bill Davies and Jerry Coleman, with the help of members of this mailing
list, have also generated
Waterways Information for First-Timers.
Link to main canals page.
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