Musings,reviews and articles on old canal and waterway related books and ephemera in my collection.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Engraving of the week
'Ballasting' From 'Life on the Upper Thames' 1875.
Inexplicably H R Robinson the author has nothing to say about this engraving other than to state that it was an operation carried out to maintain a navigable channel . Before the era of steam dredgers this was an obviously laborious way of dredging and seems to be a similar but even more primitive technique than the old spoon dredgers used on the canals.