I picked up a copy of NarrowBoat magazine from WHSmith the other day, and I was surprised to see that the boat featured on the cover was nb Kew. This boat belongs to friends David and Mary, and I've had the privilege of steering it on more than one occasion.
Kew is depicted being towed by motor Sutton.
The boat must have looked like this when David and Mary bought it from BW when it was selling off the fleet. There was still coal dust in the hold, which they have mostly converted to living accomodation.
The blue fibreglass top has been retained but, for the most part, raised and fixed in position over the cabin.
The second and third surprises came when I flicked through the magazine, at this stage still in the shop. There was a black-and-white photo of Chertsey, paired with Exe (have you seen it, Sarah?), and, on the same page, Darley, owned by blogger Blossom.
As Exe is a three-letter-river class boat like Kew, I wonder if it was also a bluetop. I can't see from the photo.
Grà on test - The September *Canal Boat* is out, and includes my boat test on *Grà* by Finesse Boats. It will be their Crick Boat Show exhibit.
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