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  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7635

    After lunch, Mrs and Miss March relax in the doorway of their barge before beginning to unload their cargo of flour.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7646

    After a brief stop to remove a blockage from the propellor blades of the 'HEATHER BELL', Miss March pushes off from the back to send the barge on its way again.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7640

    A view of a warehouse hand manning the winding wheel inside the canalside warehouse which is being used to hoist a cargo of flour into the warehouse from the 'HEATHER BELL'.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7643

    Mrs March leans on the lock gate handle to shut the top gate of the lock, probably at Tipton Green, She has made sure that the 'HEATHER BELL' is locked in first. A passer-by watches them navigate the lock from the bridge which crosses the...

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7630

    On arriving at the warehouse where the barge is to be unloaded, Miss March stows the top strings which have kept the cloths near the flour in place during transit.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7636

    Miss March helps to unload the cargo of flour by guiding the sack as it is pulled up into the warehouse. On the sacks are the words 'T S Townshend 2/ 6 Albion Flour Mill 1941 Worcester'.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7654

    With Miss March, dressed in overcoat and head scarf, at the tiller, the 'HEATHER BELL' heads for the collieries through the industrial Midlands to collect a fresh cargo. The smoking chimneys of various factories can be seen in the background...

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7655

    With Miss March, dressed in overcoat and head scarf, at the tiller, the 'HEATHER BELL' heads for the collieries through the industrial Midlands to collect a fresh cargo. The smoking chimneys of various factories can be seen in the background...

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7651

    In fine weather, Miss March wears a woollen jersey and corduroy slacks when at the tiller. This photograph was taken from inside the cabin of the barge, looking out towards the tiller.

  • WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

    D 7647

    The 'HEATHER BELL' makes her way through a narrow lock which is one of many Mrs and Miss March must navigate on their journey. A number of houses can be seen on the left of the photograph, and many passers-by have stopped to watch the '...

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