... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Thursday 28 January 2010


On the advice of Dave and Izzie, I finally got round last week to registering Chertsey on the National Historic Ships Register. I did it all online, send it off into the ether, and waited to hear back from them. Obviously they liked the sound of Chertsey because I received a certificate in the post today, along with a very swish annual report, notable for presenting the accounts in a way I was able to understand. There are quite a few narrow boats on the register - including Tarporley and Dave and Izzie's Bath. One interesting thing is that they give grants towards restoration - small but significant amounts - which may well be worth investigating. Jim does enjoy a nice grant application. Chertsey's details aren't up on the website yet, but I'll get another post out of it when they are.


  1. 21.8075m? How was it measured? With a laser? Even converting back to feet and inches it comes to 71 feet 6.553 inches!

  2. Just had our grant application rejected, no reason given, must have spent it all on the "swish annual report"

  3. Halfie - I thought I put 71'6, not even 6 1/2. As it's a bit of a wild guess anyway, it is absurd to convert it to so many decimal places - and you'd think wouldn't you that of all people they'd be happy to express its size in the measurements it was built with. Its beam as built, by the way, was seven foot and half an inch, so it's probably wider than that now.

    Andrew - that's interesting, of course in the report you only get to see the successful ones.