Perseverance – Dredging the Basingstoke Canal, Roger Cansdale

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The latest addition to the Society’s publications is “Perseverance – Dredging the Basingstoke Canal”, which describes the history of the Society’s old steam dredger, largely in the words of the people who were involved in the project. It starts in 1934 with the building of Dredger No 14 for the Grand Union Canal Company, describes its refurbishment and transfer to the Basingstoke Canal and its restoration to navigability of most of the Hampshire pound. The book ends with Perseverance’s situation today and a vision for the future.

It’s a great reminder of the attitude and spirit of the restoration years and a tribute to all those people who worked for nearly 20 years dredging the canal in Hampshire.

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