Working boats of the UK Waterways


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Boat People

On this page are photos of the true working boat people, they spent their lives on the canals working very very long hours for not a great deal of pay. Theirs wasn't the rose tinted life we see and hear about from some of the heritage societies, theirs was a long hard life with long hours and a lot of manual labour.

The Boswells - worked for FMC and BW for many years

Violet and Thomas Boswell on the gunnal of their motorboat Acherner

James and Maria Priddy FMC Boaters.

Their son Joseph Priddy long time FMC boatman

Joseph Priddy again with a motor this time.

Joseph and Maria Priddy with pair of horse boats c.1937

Ellen Garner nee Edwards showing that it wasnt all Bonnets and aprons for boatwomen.

Ike Argent sharing a doughnut with a friend at Middlewich rally in 1992.

 

 

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