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Ray T

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  1. The boat we bought from a broker not a million miles from Wigram's Locks had been on their books for 2 and a half years, we never found out why. I knew this from adverts in back issues of boating magazines. Inside it was immaculate but the outside had been let go. We spent about 9 months looking for a boat, this was 2009 however. For some inexplicable reason we kept coming back to this boat and eventually bought her. The fact that the boat had been on the books for this time enabled us to strike a good deal. We had her stripped back to bare metal and a total repaint, dumping the previous name as it meant nothing to us. I am aware the market has changed now. We had a survey and basically the boat was sound, as is said "the rest is history." We had enough put to one side to lavish on the boat post purchase. If it is what you want, go for it, as always with the proviso "Caveat emptor."
  2. Just a note, Sarah is as honest as the day is long. I know, as I trust Norton Canes with my boat when I need work doing. I have never been dissatisfied with the work there, In fact my boat is off there next month. (No, I am not related, just a satisfied customer.)
  3. Here's as much shortened Rag Doll in its natural environment. 😁
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-59959023
  5. @Heartland Not very clear but these photo's were taken in February 2021. Locks 10-11. Also the lime works at locks 5-6
  6. Laurence is no longer on this mortal coil. No one on here knows what has happened to his pictures and other artifacts.
  7. Here's a bi fuel one. 😁
  8. Ray T

    Sabb g wanted

    Union Canal Carriers | Canal and Narrow Boat Hire Our Office Union Canal Carriers Ltd Bottom Lock Braunston Daventry Northants NN11 7HJ Phone: +44 (0) 1788 890784 Email: info@unioncanalcarriers.co.uk
  9. Or this? Metroland.with.John.Betjeman - Bing video
  10. My lamp was originally a stern lamp.
  11. Lots of masthead lights here, but none painted. I think the lights may have been obtained from ships chandlers rather than set patterns. Stand correction here though. antique masthead light - Bing images
  12. The photo is Bull's Bridge paint shop. https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/bw192.3.1.13.8 The photo is dated 1940 so the yard would still be run by the GUCCCo.
  13. Painted Boats has some clips of Sunny Valley with a masthead lamp coming out of Blisworth Tunnel.
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