13 June 2014
A relaxed journey to Warwickshire saw Stephen stop for a long lunch at Stoke
Bruerne in Northamptonshire on the Grand Union Canal.
With a festival starting the next day, a number of working boats are arriving
during the day. Here Gosport is going up in the lock - Gosport is an old
horse-boat built by Braithwaite & Kirk for the well known carrying firm of
Fellows, Morton & Clayton. It is now owned by Pete and Julie Ivermee, and
generally towed around with their modern motor-tug "Bascote”.
Below the top lock, heading up, is Ilford, built in 1912. She was owned by
Fellows, Morton & Clayton Ltd. until 1945 and was then sold to the Manchester
Ship Canal Company, who kept her until 1971 operating as mudboat number two. She
was then sold to the Birmingham and Midland Canal Carrying Company for use as a
work flat, passing into private ownership in the late 1970s.
After watching the boats, it was time for a visit to the fascinating museum,
with this being the view from an upper window, after which it was lunch at the
pub opposite. A great start to the holiday, before heading west for a week's