Monday, 29 June 2009

It must be Braunston

Leaving the two dogs aboard a well ventilated Caxton, we tootled off to Braunston to see the Historic Boat rally.
Glorious sunshine helped make the event that much better for all and the towpath was busy with enthusiasts and those with of a more superficial knowledge, like us.

Above is George and on the tiller of this gargantuan vessel with a single cylinder Bolinder throbbing away below decks, is a mere scrap of a boy that was knee high to a ..., you know the saying. This lad is a third generation boater and he handled the boat with great competence and aplomb - made me feel a real wimp as I still avoid this task.

I haven't a clue what the two boats are (2nd and 3rd from left) but I loved the look of their bows.
This however I did recognise, an ice breaker, a Coventry canal icebreaker. A lovely looking boat.

And this lot of reprobates were also recognised - Adam and Adrian of NB Debdale and Nick Hall the Canal Boat Magazine editor.

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