Thursday, 1 March 2012

Boaters Alphabet (V)

This is one of an occasional series of entries into my blog. The "Boaters Alphabet" today's letter is V and is for Veneration. A time when we look back and admire the tenacity of the old working horse boats. Each working canal boat needed a crew as well as a horse, mule or a pair of donkeys to pull it.

Working their boat in all kinds of weather. The motive power coming from the horse. Often working for twelve hours or more a day. The life of a boat crew member was quite hard. The rewards were sparse and the work endless.

is for Varnishing the worst chore of all. Rubbing down and preparation followed by several covering layers.

is for Vernal or occurring in spring "the vernal equinox" a time of the year when winter turns to spring.

Being the master of a narrow boat it not an easy task. With a mutinous crew to be subjugated and the cat to be swung as and when needed. Its a hard job - someone has it to do and today its her turn!

Vee Bottom - Hull shape.
Ventilation - Air introduced into a spinning propeller from the water's surface.
Veer - When the wind changes direction.
Vessel - A craft for travelling on.
Voyage - A round trip involving an outward passage and homeward passage.


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