Friday, 18 November 2011

A Flickr of interest

I came back from the boat moving odyssey to find a thread in full flood on Canalworld regarding old photos and obscure locations, which led to these two photos on Flickr.

It didn't take long to establish that these are indeed pictures of Chertsey in Birmingham - albeit both the place and date are not quite right. The place is nearer Old Turn than Gas Street, and apparently Chertsey was kept here for a while before being moved to Les Allen's yard at Oldbury where she remained until 2009. The date is not 1970s, but some time after 1980 - how could I tell this from the photo?

(CWF readers are, I'm afraid, ineligible to enter, as I have already given the answer away there.)

7 comments:

  1. Presumably something to do with the paint job. How can you tell it's Chertsey?

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  2. No... it's something that would date any boat post-1980...

    We can tell it's Chertsey partly because she was known to be there round that time, and by matching the paintwork with other, known photos.

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  3. Does the block of flats date it?

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  4. No, it would work anywhere...

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  5. Another clue... It's only visible in the full length shot.

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  6. Visible in the full length shot but not in the closer one is the BW registration plaque on the bulkhead. Perhaps these were introduced only in the 1980s. Is this it?

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  7. That's it Halfie! They were introduced in 1980.

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