Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Distinctive Boats (ii)

This is undeniably distinctive, and desirable:

She's called Sharpness, and she's a tunnel tug, built in 1908 for service on the Severn and Thames canal and later used on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. She was derelict and unsound in 1990 and her upperworks have have been altered slightly for cruising but otherwise she's original, apart from her engine. She's very elegant, in a workmanlike way, and her lines, only slightly refined, could form the basis of a very fine 'replica', certainly something different from the usual unappealing and uninspiring 'traditional' waterborne self-catering holiday chalet that is the contemporary cruising narrowboat.


From the top, the photographs, which are presumably in the copyright of the site owners and have been used without permission, were taken from the following sources:
The blog The Travels of Little Blue Narrow Boat, at
The blog NB Armadillo, or simply Armadillo, at
The blog Granny Buttons, at

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