Discussion on the Canal World forum has brought another photo of Willow to light, taken in August 1972, at roughly the same time as the ones we already have of the boat at Hayhurst. This one however shows the cabin as it was then in a little more detail, and the name written on the side. It’s nice to get confirmation that the Severner in the other photos is Willow, or at least a boat named as such! Left to right, the boats are Willow, Holland and President.
Photo: John Milton
Oh yes, and I was just asked on Twitter what happened to them.
Well, most boaters have heard of the steamer President which lives at the Black Country Living Museum when not out and about at rallies. Once , it visited Cambridge, before we were even boat owners!
Photo: Colin Bailey, http://www.simplyscene.com
but Holland, having spent time as a latterly rather down at heel trip boat is now restored and looking wonderful too.
Photo Ros Prettyman, HNBC