Spellweaver Canal and River Boatmen History
For anyone interested in their canal and river boat ancestors

Liverpool

Liverpool Echo
A small but interesting selection dating from 1914 to 1918.

Includes the obituary of 89 year old James Evans, who had fought in the Crimean War.  He was wounded at Sebastopol, and treated at Inkerman, where he met Florence Nightingale.  His description of her - "She was a grand young woman, who always walked and worked among the wounded.  We all thought the world of her, and she was just like a mother to us lads".  Not a bad way to be remembered.

Names from Liverpool Echo (38kb)

An article from February 1917 also shows the difficulties in keeping the canals working during war time, when so many men had been called up to fight at the front.  The government wished to maximise the use of canal transport in order to free up the overcrowded railways, but many boats were lying idle for lack of crew.  Mr Peploe, traffic manager of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Company, was trying to gain exemptions for canal boatmen, and he stated :-

"You cannot make a canal boatman.  He has to be brought up to it from the time of leaving school".

 

Articles from Liverpool Echo (138kb)