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Derek R.

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  1. Nice to read your comment Annie, Jim has been much respected by all. Derek & Louise off 'YARMOUTH' send their love.
  2. The Sedan Chair inclusion was not because of their use in modern times, but because they were mentioned in the contemporary law of the day, though that law was made in a time when even Sedan Chairs were hardly in broad evidence. Nonetheless, they were included.
  3. Unless you are reading by Braille, of course it's Jim's boat!! Where have you been David?? 😉 Boated along with Jim several times, and supped mulled wine in that saloon (and some home made fruit wines - deadly delicious!) on cold winter evenings when rallying - and a little home made music as well. ELIZABETH has to be stepped into to really appreciate the ambience. Pictures and descriptions from a boatyard cannot do justice to a legend - Man and boat together for half a Century. Certainly an idiosyncratic craft, a one-off, but a pure treasure, a sanctuary to another time. Sadly that may be something which prospective buyers can be put off by. Looking isn't enough, she needs visiting, with the stove lit. She is a boat full of memories of course, but only to those who have been familiar with Jim, and the boat. What tales could be told.
  4. https://modelingmadness.com/scott/allies/us/hudsonpreview.htm To quote: - ". . . and the usual myriad of rivets." The Hudson boats are spoilt by the mis-match of shear from the hull sides to the fore-deck. It does indeed look like a kit that has been made up of dissimilar parts. Less graceful, more awkward. A sort of Michael Jackson nose job.
  5. A confusion of memories methinks. Steam power was well ahead by the mid 19thC.
  6. I enjoyed that Mike. A fascinating role reversal - embarassingly so!
  7. KELSO, yes Jeannette, I remember KELSO tied on the offside at Cowley in the eighties: https://hnbc.org.uk/boats/kelso
  8. Wasn't there a Sam Lawton lock keeper at Cowley? May not be a relative at all, and for all I know may have been spelt differently, but the name rings a bell.
  9. This is true. The Definitive Map and Statement as held in County Halls is the more accurate source of rights of way. Though even their accuracy has been slow to be updated even from before the 1960's as Councils have held that 'more important' matters had occupied their time. Much of that, however, did not directly affect the canals, it was largely down to re-classifying old carriageways, bridleways and footpaths in order to save councils and parishes of the financial burden of upkeep. Downgrading was the usual practice, as vehicular Highways left the responsibility of keeping them open and the surface maintained down (in the main) to County Councils. From memory former OS maps carried a caveat that Rights of Way shown wre not necessarily proof of status, and that Local Authorities should be checked for an up to date status. Current ones carry a similar caveat, and refer to 2011 as the most recent date of amendments.
  10. A public right of way that is classified as a Footpath, does not allow the use of vehicles or carriages. Some of which might be bicycles or a Sedan chair. "Permitted access" does not seem to be soleley for bicycles, but access on foot. For bicycles the authority owning the towpath would need to be approached for permission.
  11. I had a similar experience when seeking a certain classic car, almost ridiculed at wanting to purchase at less than £3k, and told in no uncertain terms that I would have to pay £5 - £6k. I found what I was looking for for £2k - and that was with a spare low mileage engine!
  12. Thank you for the correction. Overall it does appear her boat was insecurely moored.
  13. A line from the back end rail is very useful when single handed or stopping to empty or fill containers. But for mooring, it's a bit like taking out windscreen insurance on a narrow boat. That Westbridgford Wire article shows the boat seemingly after it had been recovered, and poses some questions; It has lines at both ends in addition to the center line - both slack; it appears to be tied by the centre line to something submerged - a staging?; the volume of detritus suggests it has been there for at least several hours - and if anyone had been aboard, they surely would have raised an alarm as clearly the river is in flood. This is surely after the rescue has occurred and a reporter sent to view the craft, during whuch time the river has risen. So which monkey tied the boat up after rescue?? The rescuers? Useful that the first rescue boat also needed rescuing!
  14. I would echo Jeannettes thoughts, but took the exchanges as not so much a disagreement, but as a presentation of knowledge for the sake of accuracy. Perhaps the commmenters will verify.
  15. Yes, it's inconclusive. My point is that whilst the educated person is doing the writing, it is from hearing from an informant verbally, and Naro sounds like narrow. The informant may not have known how 'narrow' was spelt, but he may well have known the letters on a boat named Naro, though may not have been in a position to correct the clerks spelling, and clerk will simply have been filling in details of yet another certificate and took the word as it sounded. As Pete Harrison has yet to discover a narrow boat called Naro, it sounded a plausible suggestion.
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