The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


The rally continued, and I had to say goodbye to all my new friends. I had originally hoped to leave today and get to Hawkesbury Junction so as to get a start on my journey to Stratford, rashly promised in three days. Unfortunately, Friendship was blocking my way for most of the day, and I had left my raincoat in the car hire office. A vital piece of clothing.

Narrowboat Heather Bell, and Narrowboat Friendship behind it with Rose Skinner on board, and behind Friendship is the Royal Navy model of a destroyer, at the September 1972 Coventry Canal Society Rally in Coventry Basin. The green tent of my boat Dondevoy is just visible to the left. There are some canal-style painted flowerpots marked 'Bargains' on the table in front of Dondevoy. These were painted by Bob Bush, whose boat was moored just in front of mine. Photo by kind permission of Jane Gammie

September 1972 Coventry Canal Society Rally in Coventry Basin. The green tent of my boat Dondevoy is visible to the right. Bob Bush's butty boat Capella is visible, and in front of it there is a dark shape which might possibly be the Royal Navy model of a nuclear submarine! Photo by kind permission of Jane Gammie

Later in the day, I acted as ballast in a tug of war between two narrow boats. I was on the Trout, and was treated to a touch of Bob Major on handbells just before the contest.

During the prize giving, I sat on the roof of Fox just behind the rostrum. What amused me particularly was the man who collected the prize for the most safety conscious boat. He received the cup with his arm in a sling, because he had had an accident.


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