Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th May
(Boat Sickle - posted by Alan)
|Tony Byfield is reunited with the boat he used to steer.|
|Imposing, but hardly attractive M25 bridge at Kings Langley|
|Lawrence Williams on "Tench" with "Australia" in tow.|
|After the next lock, we never saw them again!|
We had been previously made aware that "Tony" who lives at the lock cottage at Cassio Bridge "used to have the "Sickle", but we knew little more. However on this occasion Tony (Byfield) made himself known to us, and we spent some time chatting about his history with the boat. He used to work with Alf Best, who can be seen steering Sickle in the various pictures I took of her in the Boxmoor area in the 1970s. Tony had tales to tell about just how fast "Sickle" is claimed to have moved on occasions in the past - all I can say is I'm fairly sure that with her current set up she is not capable of it now!
|I first photographed "Sickle" here more than 40 years ago.|
|In the early 1970s though my pictures were black and white.|
|South of Berkhamsted|
|"Rising Sun", Berkhamsted.|
Above Winkwell we were joined by a single hander, and shared locks up into Berkhamsted, where she stopped for water, and us for shopping.
|Joshers "France" and "Holland" by new development in Berkhamsted.|
|Between the final two locks on aglorious evening.|
Cooks Wharf to Rickmansworth
Miles: 21.7, Locks:46