Dogs, a man's best friend? Boaters for centuries, men, women and children have enjoyed the company of their pets, and in particular, dogs.
Dogs on boats: from the archive
It's not unusual to see dogs on boats, and they've been boaters' companions for many years. Check out these four-legged canines from our archives.
This boatman wearing a flat cap, a neckerchief and double breasted waistcoat is having his portrait taken standing next to a small terrier type dog on its hind legs on a box, with a pipe in its mouth.
Althought the dog looks pretty happy about this arrangement, probably not the best idea to give your pet a pipe, however happy they may look.
This photo is dated as 1890.
We have many photos spanning the decades in our archives which are housed at our very own National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, and it's definitely worth a visit. However, the musuem will be closed until further notice.
Picture 1: "Ceiriog Tarr & Macadam Works". Workers including a young boy, at Glyn Valley Tramway near the Llangollen Canal.
Picture 2: "Shropshire Union Railway & Canal Co horseboat 'Hussar' with a boat family. Little boy sits on the cabin roof with pet dog.
Ceiriog Tarr & Macadam Works
1910 - 1940
A boat family with British Waterways butty
Stand-out images from the twenties and forties here, including boatwomen and snow deeper than most of us can probably remember.
- Bill Taylor at Apsley Mill
- Boatwoman and dog on River Nene
- Syd and Eleanor Mitchell with competition winners on 'Water Ouzel' on the Grand Union Canal
- S.E Barlow horseboat 'Rodney' at Hawkesbury
- Herbert Dunkley and friends aboard Kimberley
- Foxton on the Grand Union Canal
Bill Taylor at Apsley Mill
There are more dog pictures in our archives, but it's also jammed full with pieces from our fascinating canal history.
Read our suggestions for dog-friendly towpath walks and some tips to ensure everyone has a relaxing time by the water
Blog: Dogs of the waterways
Follow Jasper's journey as he discovers the significance of dogs on our waterways
Last Edited: 12 May 2020
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