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Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:26 pm

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Great Britain issued in1993 four stamps for the “200th Anniversary of the British Canals” which shows us narrow boats used on this canals.

24P MIDLAND MAID on Grand Junction Canal,
28P YORKSHIRE LASS on Stainforth and Keadby Canal.
33p VALLEY PRINCESS on Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal.
39p PRIDE OF SCOTLAND on Crinan Canal.
The stamps shows many more unnamed vessels.

Of the narrow boats is given that it are small English canal boats, so called because its beam is not more than about 7 ft. It is often picturesquely painted with traditional decorations of long standing and serves nowadays mostly as a floating home for a family who cherish the way of life and have followed it for generations. The typical craft were some 72 ft long, were horse-drawn and carried 25 tons. Some were owned by individuals as skippers, but ownership tended to pass to large carrying companies who nevertheless, carried on the highly distinctive colour schemes; even government control, in the shape of the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive, failed to subdue this native form of art. Though much of this pulsing way of live has disappeared with the development of other forms of transport, its evidences are much prized by collectors, including the magnificent teapots associated with Measham on the Ashby Canal., the painted tea-caddies, the rose-decorated feed bowls of the horses and the distinctive dress often adopted by the boat folk.

There is an inland registry of this ships in Great Britain but on the named vessel is noting given so-far I can find.

Source: A Dictionary of British Ships and Seamen by Grant Uden and Richard Cooper.
Great Britain 1993 24/39p sg 1775/78, scott 1506/09.
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