Thursday, 5 December 2013

Old Waterway Photograph (2)

Collecting postcards, or Deltiology as it is known, is a fascinating hobby. Our recent history has to a point been documented by postcards. It's curious in a way even with all the wonderful advances in technology. It's hard to believe that the good old picture postcard is still with us and still going strong. I did a posting on collecting old photographic postcards. Which gives some simple background information about what is an interesting hobby. Click Here

This is another in the series of old waterways postcards. This time the postcard is titled 'River Head Driffield' and is numbered N1038. The photograph was taken around 1930. The river head is also known as Driffield Basin. The canal was built to accommodate "Driffield sized" Humber keels of 61 by 14.5 feet. The Keels could carry a maximum of around 100 tons but were limited to a maximum load of around 70 tons in the Driffield Navigation due to draft limits.

The last commercial craft to reach Driffield was the Keel Caroline loaded with 50 tons of wheat on 16 March 1945. The last commercial craft on the Navigation was the vessel Ousefleet, delivering coal to Frodingham Wharf during the period to December 1951.

Here is the same view today. The Driffield canal is obviously short of visitors due to the difficulty of getting to it. It would require a trip down the Humber and then up the River Hull to achieve. 

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