The other day I received an email from a relative of Willow’s previous owner, telling me about his memories of a trip on the boat some 15 years ago, whilst the boat was moored near London. He included this lovely photo, of Willow at Little Venice.
It looked quite different then, most notably the colour was a deep burgundy instead of the bright blue it is now. It was also signwritten with “Harmonium Emporium” above M.B Willow* and had its location, Langley Mill written below.
This photo, from 2004, shows the signwriting better (taken from the HNBC website, photo by C Deuchar)
* Willow was known as a “Motor Boat” when it worked for Severn and Canal, and all the Charles Hill Severners were signwritten with M.B before the name.