Wednesday, 3 April 2019
A local boat for local people
What I learned first from David, and have since built upon, is that the term 'keel' actually denotes the kind of sailing rig that the boat would have had, rather than actually telling you anything about its hull. They come in various sizes, with the Sheffield size being the most common.
Now this is interesting, because a Sheffield boat is 61'6" x 15'6".
My new 2017 edition of Nicholsons (p. 149) says 'No boat longer than 60'0" may now use these [Tinsley] locks.'
So have the locks suddenly got a foot and a half shorter? Is this why they felt obliged to use a cut down large Northwich instead of a Sheffield boat to lead the bicentenary parade? I was speaking to the lock keeper on Sunday (of which more, perhaps, anon.) Maybe I should have asked him. Or maybe not.