What happened next
2 weeks ago
I lost Chertsey's original rudder above Marlcliff lock on the RiverSo this is Chertsey's original rudder - now a bit too rusty and fragile to be used, I think I will keep it at home for the time being; maybe even put it on display in the front garden! Richard P. also sent me some more photos of Chertsey, with permission to use them, so I will post them soon.
Avon, probably during the winter of 1971-72. I spent hours in the
water trying to find it but to no avail, so I had a replacement made.
The Upper Avan Navigation Trust found the original during some
subsequent dredging and Richard got it back. I think the difference
would be that the original was riveted and the replacement was welded.