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Quote of the day No 276

Saturday 6 February 2016

However, as commercial traffic was declining on the rural waterways, the first pleasure craft were beginning to appear. George Westall, a leading advocate for waterways revival, published his unique and widely read book, Inland Cruising on Rivers and Canals of England and Wales in 1908 and this gave considerable impetus to the new development. He later led the National Inland Navigation League, founded in 1919, which did much to revive interest in canals during the 1920s. Several other books followed Westall’s lead: among them were A Caravan Afloat (n.d.) by C.J. Aubertin; My Holidays on Inland Waterways (1916) by P. Bonthron; The Heart of England by Waterway (1933) by W. Bliss; Canal Cruises and Contentment (n.d.) by Austin F. Neal; and The ‘Flower of Gloster’ (1911) by F. Temple Thurston, all of which stimulated the more adventurous to explore the decaying water highways. Many others recorded their voyages in the motor-boat and yachting magazines of the time, stimulating others to follow their exploits. As demand for pleasure craft grew, G.F. Wain and others founded the Inland Cruising Association at Christleton. near Chester, in 1935 and started to hire motor-cruisers for canal use. This enterprise followed the longstanding example of the Broadland hire-craft industry that had developed in the 1880s, and became the forerunner of the multi million pound hire-craft industry that we know today, providing many with the opportunity to cruise the inland waterways.

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