Blisworth Tunnel Tug

Martin Engewicht - Blisworth Tunnel Tug Anslow - Narrowboat Illustration

This is a washed ink drawing of one of the tunnel tugs of the Grand Junction Canal Company used during the nineteen twenties. These boats used to tow narrowboats through Blisworth tunnel. This picture shows "Anslow" leaving the northern end of the tunnel and was inspired by photographs I found on

Thanks to Richard Thomas.


Martin Engewicht - Nutfield and Fazely - Narrowboat Illustration

"Nutfield" and butty "Fazeley" at rest in early spring. These beautifully painted narrowboats can still be seen on the waterways around Braunston.

Steam Narrowboat "President"

Martin Engewicht - Steam Narrowboat President - Narrowboat Illustration

The historical narrowboat steamer "President" of the Fellows Morton and Clayton Company with its Butty "Kildare". This was my first drawing of a narrowboat.

Steamer Convention

Martin Engewicht - Steamer Convention - Narrowboat Illustration

Three steamers meeting. All of them are still "on duty": Iceboat "Laplander", tunnel tug "Adamant" and tunnel tug "Hasty". This is a drawn composed scene made of seven or eight pictures I found on the internet. Location and boats really exist, but this scene has not taken place that way. Not yet.

Canal Tug Pioneer

Martin Engewicht - Canal Tug Pioneer - Narrowboat Illustration

Canal tug Pioneer in original work setting. Ink painting done from an old film sequence.