Manchester University Press, 1st.ed.,1975. (ix) + 244 pp., 15 photo-ills., 13 tables, + 3 figures & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. V.G.+. An economic and social history of the men who worked on the boats of the English canal and inland waterway system from 1760 to the outbreak of the First World War. The author describes the development of the canal navigation, its decline with the coming of the railways, the life of entire families who lived and worked afloat, and attempts to establish the truth behind allegations that boatmen were drunk, violent and immoral during the 19th century. Illustrated with photographs, etc.