Two locks, half a tank of water, one canoe, an Irishman and a wasp

My favorite canal Skipper, Ian Hutson, entertains and educates we mere mortals with another yarn of hair-raising shenanigans navigating the English canals in a narrowboat. Please read on and enjoy…

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company, England.

…all walk into a bar.

No, but seriously. The Cardinal and I went boatering again yesterday. In roughly four hours, on what ought to have been a quiet Sunday morning we went through two locks single-handed all by mineself (fires into the air and asks a passing dog-walker and dog to ululate), we (I) dumped/recycled my Dana (1970) rubbish (all kinds of everthing), managed half a tank of water and then slipped with all of the grace of a tap-dancing duck into a roadside mooring six and a half miles of canal later (the half is really, really important – like a pre-teenager’s age).

At the end I was too knackered to tie the ropes properly, so I left my feet on the towpath, leant across the water-gap to the Cardinal, gripped the bow t-stud in my teeth and went to sleep.

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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 (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

2 thoughts on “Two locks, half a tank of water, one canoe, an Irishman and a wasp”

  1. The breeze of yesterday has turned into the wind of today – I may be following a zig-zag course when moving tomorrow! May have to find moorings that I will be blown onto rather than the ones I’d necessarily prefer!

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