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    Default Finding evidence of use of boats on rivers (and how you can help)

    I am finding and documenting the evidence of use of boats on rivers in Britain. I hope this will show there always was a right for people to navigate non-tidal rivers (in unpowered craft) wherever physically possible. I have presented some of the information found on the Waterways Map

    Help is needed in the following ways
    • Searching for accounts of boat use - books, photos, films, letters, newspapers, research publications
    • Looking for these in - The internet, libraries, museums, archives
    • Getting access to the sources
      • Visiting Libraries, Borrowing / Buying books, Going to online services

    • Sending a summary of the evidence (if its provided in a particular way it can be quickly added to the map / table of evidence.
      • When (Year)
      • Where (Place - with latitude and longitude if possible)
      • River
      • What the event was
      • What the source is - publication (with web link if available)
      • A summary of what the use of the water was


    So one example of help would be if anyone could get to the London Metropolitan Archive - they hold the records of the British Humane Society., who gave awards for those who (among other things) tried or helped save people from drowning in rivers. The accounts would be relevant if the persons involved had been swimming or boating in or on the rivers.

    As this information builds up it will be harder to argue that there wasn't a right to navigate and more pressure to show where it was removed (if it was)

    Thanks
    Brevan - The evidence is out there
    Brevan,
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    Twitter: BrevanM
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    A great example - from 1870 The Canoeist, Chronicles of the canoe club
    https://archive.org/details/canoeistorchroni00cano
    It lists some of the trips made by members back to 1847

    One of them was John MacGregor of 'Rob Roy' fame (who was a barrister)
    Brevan,
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    Published 1920 - As the water flows; a record of adventures in a canoe on the rivers and trout streams of southern England

    Barnes, Eleanor,Stratton, Helen 1927
    Kent Stour Wye, Chartham, Canterbury
    Dorset Stour - Sturminster Newton, Wimbourne, Christchurch
    Wylie- Wishford, Stapleford, Wilton Salisbury,
    Avon - Upavon, Salisbury, Ibsley, Christchurch
    Wylie - Through Wilton
    Arun - Billinborough (Billingshurst) Stopham, Pulborough
    Rother - Midhurst, Fittleworth, Pulborough
    Mole - Flanchford Bridge, Betchworth, Mickleham, Burford Bridge (Westhumble), Cobham Mill

    I have a copy of the book.
    Brevan
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    I presume you have accessed the various Bliss books?
    Sam

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    I will look those up.

    I have also updated the waterways use map (Welsh Rivers) - it can be found here.
    Brevan,
    The truth (about Rights of Navigation) is out there
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    Twitter: BrevanM
    Follow my blog at http://riveraccessrights.blogspot.com/

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