some of us do have other hobbies and one former section leader of the Diesel Heavy Haulage section used to work this narrow boat for a living in the 1970s.

'Bilster' is a 'Town' class built by Harland & Wolff in 1936. 



and why "Catflap"?

What else would you call a boat when you had five cats and three dogs?

Built by Warble in 1999.

Historic boats

'RAYMOND' built by Nursers Braunston in 1958.

Originally built for Samual Barlow Coal Carriers, RAYMOND became part of Blue Line Carriers of Braunston in 1962 and remained part of that fleet until 1970 when she was worked by Arthur and Rose Bray until 1981 when she passed into the ownership of Jim and Doris Collins until 1992 or 1993 when she was given to the Wooden Canal Craft Trust who had hoped to restore her.  In 1996 a group of enthusiasts (discovering she had never been restored) set up a charitable fund under the name THE FRIENDS OF RAYMOND to raise the cash to restore her.  The story can be followed HERE.


Built by Yarwoods in 1934; 

Photographed at the Braunston vintage boat show in Braunston Marina where we once moored.

Stewart & Lloyds Tug.

One of three former Stewarts and Lloyds Tugs I know of on the cut.

From completely unreliable memory this is 'Tug No 2' (They all had numbers, not names).


Built by Yarwood in 1935

Engine: Bolinder 15hp (Again photographed in Braunston),