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Everything posted by archie57

  1. This is the only GUCCCo one I've seen. With it's grading of the boatmen (I note the trainees were in a class of their own - I wonder why!) it created a lot of interest amongst the boaters I've shown it to who were around at the time!
  2. Shown on Manning List dated 14th Sept 1944 paired with "Otley", steerer F. Wenlock
  3. Not sure that the Wains ever had the "Puppis" in working days though (but never say never!) One who did have it was Joe Fitchford, and a picture of his boats "Antony" and "Puppis" is in the Arthur Watts collection at the Waterways Museum. His daughter may still live in Hillmorton
  4. To be pedantic it's actually the steam dredger backfilling the concrete piling (-you can see the grab behind the RH man)
  5. I might add that it's important to stretch the deck cloth and get it taut and only have a single fold!
  6. I've never seen an "Austerity" on a passenger train! - perhaps empty stock
  7. A good friend of mine used to tell me that as a child they sometimes loaded coal at Digby Colliery on the Nottingham Canal, and while in that part of the world they often came across (otherwise) ordinary horseboats which had gunnels around the cabin. I've never seen a picture though......
  8. The Weaver collection is now in the care of the Historic Narrow Boat Club and should be accessible through them
  9. Arthur Stokes had arguably the smartest pair on the canals when he had the "Mimas". Legend has it that they would only use the primus for cooking in the engine 'ole, and at the first sign of rain the Flat Irons would go on the range to heat up in order to iron the Ash strips to dry them out and keep them snowy white! (Of course, many owners of old boats today don't seem to know what Ash strips are....!) Myself and a friend were invited around to their house (opposite the "Engine" at Longford) many years ago for a cup of tea, where we were treated with great kindness. Naturally the conversation turned to boating, whereupon they said "You should have come last week - we've just had a bonfire in the garden and burnt all the photos!" Anyone doubting the spotless turnout should look at the pictures of Robert Longden and the Weaver collection.
  10. Sorry, Paddington Bear, it was given to me by a good friend and I want to hang on to it!
  11. Buckby Locks: We are talking about the badge of the type illustrated in Alan Finchers post #10? I have one of these Fattorini badges (464) with a pin
  12. In reply to Buckby Locks, they made a womans' GUCCCo "On National Service" badge with a pin as well as the buttonhole variety
  13. It was about this period in time when I turned up at Hayhurst yard one day to see a steaming pile of scrap on the bank that had once been the "Leopard" - identifiable by the name on the pieces of top bends.
  14. As I mentioned in an earlier post, "Queen of the Ocean" was traded in for the "Victoria" at Tooleys. I have seen the paperwork for the transaction in the past, but I'm not sure if it still exists - I wish I'd made a copy - isn't hindsight a wonderful thing!
  15. It's a good question but I'm afraid I haven't a clue! The position of the engine 'ole doors on the "Whitehall" perhaps might give us a clue? AFAIK it didn't have an extended cabin as such
  16. Many thanks to davidg for posting this photo. It is indeed at Bulbourne, but shows former Hildicks and Hildicks motor "Whitehall" with its butty "Victoria" in the ownership of John Boyes
  17. Feel free to use it as you wish! Afraid I can't tell you anything more about H&H though. I do have a rather poor photo of the "Whitehall" in John Boyes' ownership which I would post if I knew how!
  18. Re the Cratch - Older generations of boaters never called it that - it was always the "fore end" - eg "we had to take the fore end down to get up the Griff arm" - false cratch, deckboard -yes.
  19. Hildicks and Hildicks "Queen of the Ocean" was in fact a butty, which together with their motor "Whitehall" was sold to John Boyes of Hillmorton in about 1923. "Queen of the Ocean" was later traded in for the "Victoria" at Tooleys and on John Boyes death in 1935 were sold to Harvey Taylor, becoming the "Leon" and "Rose"
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