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Too Many Boats

  • Author: Robert Wilson
  • Binding: Paperback
too many boats

The history of the British Waterways narrow boat carryingfleet, and its decline.BW inherited 1300 carrying and 500 maintenance craft onnationalisation in 1947, many of which were in a poor state of repair andlacked both crews and contracts. Then FMC failed in 1948, giving BW a further172 boats.

The booklet charts the sad decline of the canal carryingfleet, bedevilled by poorly maintained canals, boats past their operating livesand of course a fledgling motorway network which offered a much faster and moreflexible bulk transport option.

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