Before the coming of the railways, when roads were inadequate, the natural waterways were the chief means of transport in the country. In the middle of the eighteenth century, the cutting of artificial waterways represented a development in transport which was to give life to the Industrial Revolution. Canals thrust their way all over the country long before industry had settled down in its present locations.
This film sketches the history of the development of inland waterways, with the object of showing what is good and bad in our present inheritance, and how this inheritance is being employed in the national interest.
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