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  1. Best photo I could find to illustrate why a butty may strike a motors stern.
  2. A semi trad leisure boat which belonged to retired working boaters, has all the ingredients of above.
  3. @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
  4. There is a relative on this forum, I’m sure he will be along shortly.
  5. Built as a replica of Tunnel Steam Tug Hasty by Brinklow Boat Services. Facebook
  6. I often wonder how the boat people managed. 😁 Mrs. Sid McDonald and Mrs. Mabel Wilson with their families.
  7. 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]
  8. This:- The canal boatmen's strike.pdf (steamershistorical.co.uk) canal strike braunston 1923 - Bing images
  9. Further to this BT's Personnel Department became Human Resource and I became 803088441.
  10. Mike & I did enjoy the events, but on a personal note I found the German military section could be intimidating, not sure why? I did get chatting to one German re enactor and he had never heard of the Horst Vessel song!
  11. A few words that were in common usage when I started with the GPO in the late 60's were "pride in the job." As also indicated in the newspaper cutting above. This was applicable to many businesses at the time. As bean counters and poorley trained managers took over along with flogging the firm off to the stock market the employee became a disposable asset. All was looked at was profit and loss. Also in latter years of my employment with BT the constant threat of discipline for the most minor of faults was never far away. How can one have pride when treated thus?
  12. Regarding Sutton Stop, my late friend Mike H was involved with the best kept length in 1997 & 1998. Mike was lock keeper at Sutton's at the time.
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  16. Fast forward to 24 mins 12 secs. Electric whatever it was doing a speed he couldn't have stopped for anyone or anything in his way.
  17. Passing through Alvecote yesterday.
  18. Increase of 18% where we moor. The marina has recently had much need work doing so can't complain.
  19. Aster & Salvo, don't have a place or date. Second picture at Sutton Stop. From HNBC magazine.
  20. Ray T


    We moor in a marina on the Trent and Mersey. Up until recently there was an unlicensed boat next door but one to us. After an illness the male of the couple passed away and the boat didn't get the license renewed to my knowledge. After several months a CRT "ticket" appeared on the tiller and after some further months the boat disappeared. Never did discover where it went, not my business anyway.
  21. To my limited knowledge the bolinders in narrowboats were kick start via a pin in the flywheel. Stand correction though. Stills from "Painted Boats."
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  23. I was chatting to one of the brothers last November at Glascote Yard and on enquiring which of the brothers I was talking to the reply, “I’m Roger today, I might be Martin tomorrow.”
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