National Geographic : 1940 Aug
Canals and Pageants of Peacetime England Nomad Canal Folk Spend Their Lives Afloat Once plodding, horse-drawn boats took seven days to travel from Limehouse docks. London (above), to Birmingham. Now trim, Diesel-driven craft carry heavy freight, including raw materials for war muni tions, over a 150-mile waterway in two and a half days. U© National Geographic Society Finlays by Amos Burg "Unostentatious" Is the Name of This Gaily Bedecked Craft! Amid the grime and smoke of London's docks and Birmingham's warehouses, the canalboat strikes a note of cheer. A Rickmansworth decorator is retouching the traditional castle and roses which embellish many Grand Union Canal boats.