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Following the Trade


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Following the Trade

Tom Foxon fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming the owner and captain of a narrowboat named New Hope after completing three years of National Service in the RAF in 1954. He faced numerous challenges in making a living, from horse boating in Tamworth to short-haul contracts around Birmingham and even enduring a harsh winter on the Joey Boats.

Tom he remained committed to achieving his ideal of perfect boating, which involved long-haul coal contracts like those down the Oxford Canal to Banbury and Oxford. Foxon successfully operated as an owner-boatman until 1959, when he sold his business and became a captain in the British Waterways Midland fleet. Eventually, he left the canals boating to pursue other interests.

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Tom Foxton

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Canal Junction Shop

Canal Junction has been online for over 25 years. Through our Canal Junction Shop we sell our extensive range of canal books directly to the public.


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