Last boat trip – August 1986

I was fortunate to accompany Dad on what was, I think, his last major trip on his boat Dudley No 3. This went, with the NBCYC, from Nantwich north through Ellesmere Port and to Weston Point Docks and return.

I have only my late first wife’s diary to consult, but it seems that this took place at August Bank Holiday Monday. I think that the trip began on Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd August at Nantwich; at any event, the boat was to be found moored at Mollington on the A41, in much the same place as on the Whit trip 20 years before, which had been our first cruise through Ellesmere Port. Brenda and I drove down to Mollington on Sunday 24th, joining the boat at 7.55 a.m.; we set off immediately. The canal locks at Ellesmere Port had been restored since our previous visits, now passing through the Boat Museum, and her diary records that we arrived at the Ship Canal at 8.30 [I suspect not, this was more likely the top of the locks].

The boats then passed in convoy up the Ship Canal, which was less busy than before – closure of the upper reaches, above Runcorn, had been mooted in 1984…

Having retuned to Mollington by the evening, we went home by car, and, after some thought, agreed to return the next day. August Bank Holiday Monday (25th that year) was the last day that I spent with Dad on his boat.

More to follow when I have located and been through more records….

Begun 25 March 2017

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