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  1. Don’t cross one of those named dogs with a bull dog! 😁
  2. From the Guardian: Ban on wood burners threatens British boat-dwellers with winter freeze (msn.com)
  3. Further to this a fellow Moorer has informed me said dog and owner have been ejected from the marina due to the owner's refusal to put the dog on a lead and the problems thus caused. Justice is served. 😀 I do feel sorry for the dog though.
  4. Between jobs Judith, my wife, voluntered at the local Citizens Advice Bureau. She occasionally had people who had sold up and bought a boat or motor home. Things had gone pear-shaped and they were looking for a "council flat." First off, Coventry City Council sold off all its housing to a housing association or "right to buy" and the association's view was that anyone who had done this had "Intentionally made themselves homeless" and went to the bottom of the list for rehousing. We are in the fortunate position to have a house and boat. Old age and some issues which go with that have begun to rear its ugly head and I am glad to have bricks and mortar.
  5. Although the marina where we moor has a "all dogs on lead" policy there are one or two owners who appear to think the rule does not apply to them. Earlier this year an out of control spaniel bit our dog on the back. Fortunately, our dog was wearing a coat so her skin was not damaged. All I got was "Oh - he's usually friendly." Yes right! No apology. I reported this incident to the office.
  6. Best photo I could find to illustrate why a butty may strike a motors stern.
  7. A semi trad leisure boat which belonged to retired working boaters, has all the ingredients of above.
  8. @arhesusnegative further to this for the OP, our findings when tracing a family tree for the Humphri(e)s boaters. Many of the boat people were unable to read or write as the working life never gave the children much, if any, opportunity for schooling. They also spoke with a mixture of accents picked up from the towns and villages on their way. However, they have the most wonderful memories of events. When births, deaths and marriages were recorded the recorder wrote down what he / she heard. In various records I have 5 different spellings of "my" narrow boat Captain's surname, yet they are all the same family. Also, some of the boat people had many children and often used family names. It is quite probable to find cousins with the same name and similar birth dates so it is easy to go off on the wrong track. I have seen some sloppy family trees on genealogy sites where in one case it had a girl getting married at eight years old! Back up records in the form of census, boat health registrations, birth, marriage, death, certificates etc., are essential. Don't be mislead by TV programmes like "Who do you think you are." Tracing families is a very time consuming and can be an expensive business, taking approximately 200 hours to get back 5 generations. I'm afraid if you are really serious about tracing your boating ancestors you have much work ahead of you. Even then it never really ends...... Never assume anything, get solid evidence as indicated above. Another lead is cemeteries where boat people are buried, these often give quite accurate dates of births and deaths. Boaters tended to bring their loved to what was considered "home port" for funerals and burial. One example being Braunston in Northamptonshire. This site may be of help? A Waterways Heritage - Family History | Groups | Facebook
  9. There is a relative on this forum, I’m sure he will be along shortly.
  10. Built as a replica of Tunnel Steam Tug Hasty by Brinklow Boat Services. Facebook
  11. I often wonder how the boat people managed. 😁 Mrs. Sid McDonald and Mrs. Mabel Wilson with their families.
  12. The word "Butty" was thought to be derived from the word "Buddy." From Wiki. A butty boat is an unpowered boat traditionally with a larger rudder with (usually) a wooden tiller (known as an elum, a corruption of helm[17]) as the steering does not benefit from the force of water generated by the propeller so the rudder must be of a larger area. The tiller is usually removed and reversed in the rudder-post socket to get it out of the way when moored. A few butty boats have been converted into powered narrowboats like NB Sirius. The term butty is derived from the dialect word buddy, meaning companion.[18]
  13. This:- The canal boatmen's strike.pdf (steamershistorical.co.uk) canal strike braunston 1923 - Bing images
  14. Further to this BT's Personnel Department became Human Resource and I became 803088441.
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