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London Canal Museum - home page Enquiry 1 The trouble with water... Too much and too little Boats don't move alone Extra horse power Coastal connections Less pounds, shillings, and pence
  Rivers often had no properly built towing path. Sailing boats were sometimes used, especially on larger rivers, but the twisting and turning and unreliable wind meant this was a poor solution. Teams of men or horses were needed to pull boats and to carry goods between the river and the place where they were needed. 18th Century opinion of the Thames - small extract from text
Click for an opinion of the Thames in 1773