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Friday 20 June

Two new features on the WW website

We've unveiled two new features on the site this week which we hope you'll enjoy.

Our new boat planner is a fun but useful tool which helps you to design your ideal narrowboat. You simply choose your bow and stern style; drag and drop components onto a foot-square grid; and then add lines and labels to finish. You can save your boat, too, and come back and refine it later.

We'll be adding more features in the weeks to come, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, do let us know - in the comments here, or by e-mail.

We've also launched our new Picture of the Day feature. WW has a superb collection of archive pictures, from 35 years of the magazine and further back still - but we don't have room to print more than a handful in the magazine. So, most days, WW assistant editor Chris Daniels will be selecting a particularly interesting photo from the archives, and posting it on our 'Latest' page. Our first picture is from the famous china commercial traffic on the Caldon Canal - take a look. You can, of course, leave comments if you know more about the scene!

Richard Fairhurst  | 4.54pm | add a comment


Picture of the day: Caldon commercial

In the 1970s, pottery manufacturer Johnson Brothers of Stoke-on-Trent realised that the carriage of delicate china ware between their different factory sites would be less damaging if carried out by water on the adjacent Caldon Canal. Using two purpose-built catamaran-style vessels, crates of china were carried around a quarter of a mile.

So successful was the project that catamarans Milton Maid and Milton Queen were supplemented by the more conventional-style narrowboat Milton Princess, seen here on its inaugural run in 1979. The operation carried on until 1995 when Milton Maid carried the last load from Johnson’s Imperial Works to the Eagle Works. Imperial Works closed shortly afterwards and was demolished.

Chris Daniels  | 2.59pm | 1 comment


Today's news from the web

  • Waterway trust gets lottery grant mk-news.co.uk

    Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust has been given a grant to provide signposts and interpretation boards along a section of the proposed waterway which will link the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes to the Great Ouse at Bedford. ...

  • Marina to be built at old colliery site wigantoday.net

    A 40-berth marina will be built on the site of Bickershaw Colliery near Wigan....


Thursday 19 June

Today's news from the web

  • Flasher on the Oxford Canal rugbytoday.co.uk

    A woman claims that this was the third time in six years that she had been flashed at while walking along the Oxford Canal towpath. ...


Wednesday 18 June

Today's news from the web

  • Rochdale canalside to be redeveloped in Manchester crainsmanchesterbusiness.co.uk

    A major overhaul of the canalside Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street and “exciting proposals” for SportsCity form part of New East Manchester’s 10-year regeneration strategy. ...

  • Chesterfield Canal to host IWA 2009 Campaign Festival waterscape.com

    The Inland Waterways Association’s National Campaign Festival for 2009 is to be held at Kiveton Park, near Rotherham, on the summit level of the Chesterfield Canal. ...

  • Rochdale back-pump plans rejected halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Plans to install pumping equipment on the Rochdale Canal have been rejected. ...

  • Leeds canalside site to be redeveloped yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Leeds City Council granted outline planning permission for the £230m project, which includes homes, offices, restaurants and community facilities, such as healthcare, childcare and retail stores. ...

  • TV programme 'Life on Mars' filmed by Rochdale Canal manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Series one location manager Brett Wilson says: "We filmed lots of different scenes at the Rochdale Canal at Ancoats. The opening sequence when Sam comes round in 1973 and is found by a policeman at the car crash site was shot on some waste ground. ...


Tuesday 17 June

Today's news from the web

  • Wappenshall warehouse saved? shropshirestar.com

    Telford & Wrekin Council is remaining tight-lipped about the exact size of the funding but it is believed to be a six-figure sum. It will be used to buy the stretch of the canal, warehouse buildings and the basin at Wappenshall, near Newport. ...

  • Hopes dashed for boat restoration thisislincolnshire.co.uk

    Restorers who want to put the Mary Gordon - one of Lincoln's oldest boats - back into use have had their funding hopes dashed. ...

  • Canal restaurant to pull in visitors expressandstar.com

    New plans have been submitted for a restaurant with an al-fresco dining area at Stourport basins as part of a plan to attract extra visitors to the area. ...

  • Peel director to swim Manchester Ship Canal crainsmanchesterbusiness.co.uk

    James Whittaker, development director at Peel Holdings - the company that owns the Manchester Ship Canal - will swim 36 miles of the canal on September 5 and 6 to launch the company’s £50bn Ocean Gateway scheme. ...


Monday 16 June

Today's news from the web

  • Tunnellers explore subterranean canal manchesterconfidential.co.uk

    The tunnel contains the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal (MSJC) and is accessible for several hundred yards....

  • MBE for Wey & Arun Canal volunteer waterscape.com

    Eric Walker has been appointed an MBE for 'Voluntary Services to the Wey & Arun Canal'. ...

  • Stobart plans ship canal service crainsmanchesterbusiness.co.uk

    In an interview with The Times, Andrew Tinkler, Stobart Group’s chief executive, said the company had planning go-ahead to develop the site and believed it could launch a viable inshore freight-shipping business. ...

  • Showcasing canal history buckinghamtoday.co.uk

    Hundreds of visitors took a look back at the history of the canals last weekend during the Stoke Bruerne Canal Festival. ...


Friday 13 June

Today's news from the web


Thursday 12 June

Picture of the day: An early workparty on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Volunteers during an early 1970s workparty on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal beginning to realise 'the impossible dream'.

Chris Daniels  | 11.51am | add a comment


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