Whilst we still lived on the Duck, I made this little souvenir for James’s Christmas present. It’s a few little mementos of Lucky Duck‘s “adventures” in the style of a museum display. I intended it as something to take with us and display in our new boat once we’d sold the Duck. It lived in the garage until recently when I took it out of its box to display it on top of one of our bookshelves in Willow‘s living room. It’s a reminder of just how far we’ve come in nearly six years of boating, and the help we received from so many people when things when wrong for us is one of the main reasons we try and help other boaters as much as we can.

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Clockwise from top left:

Bits of Fotheringay bridge on the Nene which landed in the welldeck when we smashed into it under tow due to a slipped towing line.

A piece of the flexible coupling which needed 10 hours of angle grinding to remove, with the help of our boating support network!

The piece of coupling which had held one of the pesky grub screw until it came loose.

The offending sheared grub screw itself.

More bits of flexible coupling

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3 thoughts on “Mementos

  1. Tony Cates


  2. Well do I remember the epic grinding battle!

    Didn’t one of the angle grinders give up the ghost in a puff of magic blue smoke? (nb. All electricity is magic and the magic is in the smoke: if the magic blue smoke gets out, the electrical whatever-it-is won’t go anymore…….)

    Also puts me in mind of vintage sweets.. . .

    Nuttall’s Mintoes.

    Boating Nutter’s Mementos?


  3. We’ve got a couple of museum pieces on Armadillo, there’s me and one other who’s name I won’t mention ’cause she’ll thump me. Hoping to include the Cam in our itinerary, will seek you out if we make it!

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