|CHALICE on a recent trip.|
When we have not been beset by family emergencies of one kind or another, (and last year there were a few!), we have alternated between making improvements to CHALICE to better suit our requirements and going off boating whenever the opportunity presents itself.
|BILSTER & ANGEL my brothers' boats (Photo: Mike Fincher).|
|KERBAU, my old boat, claimed to be 1898 build.|
Some of the proceeds from KERBAU gave me the chance of a hire boating holiday, but after that I had no boat of my own.
|SICKLE (photo by me in 1973)|
|SICKLE towing large hopper (my photo, again 1973)|
|RENTON nearing her retirement from the BW maintenance fleet.|
RENTON eventually found it's way to the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal trust.
But apparently when BW chose in 2000 to do a survey to ascertain the condition of SICKLE, they decided she was not fit for further service, and should be cut-up on-site. The story goes that the men brought in to do this recognised her as a significant historic craft and refused to do it.
|Sickle at the Braunston Historic Boat Show - June 2008|
SICKLE's future was now secure, but attendance at events like the one pictured above increasingly made our minds turn to the fact that we would like to own an old boat of our own. Plans started to hatch!