A visit from the fuel boat

Ian Hutson gives us a very entertaining peek into the niceties of refuelling on an English canal! Please, read on…

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company, England.

So, when you’re low on coal and wood and diesel and gas and things who are you going to call? Well, certainly not the last batch of two-flops-a-second, couldn’t-catch-Casper-if-you-tied-him-into-a-paper-bag-for-them “Ghostbusters”. No, you are going to call Halsall, the fuel boat.

The one-way blue-tinted glass in my windows and portholes confuses the hecky-heck out of my cctv cameras – it’s high time that I set to and organised proper exterior mounts! Still, you see the idea. Imagine a floating market in some corner of the far-flinged far-flung world – hustle, bustle and crowds and noise. Then imagine one boat, birds tweeting, clouds drifting, hedgerows growing quietly, the thump-thump-thump of a classic, low-revving engine on an old working boat…

This boat, and others like it, patrol their patches of turf (canal) on a fortnightly basis. This being the twenty-oneth century customers get notified of their schedule via text message and email and…

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Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (http://fiorabooks.com), to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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