Category Archives: boats

Two Sunken Boats

Risky Moorings
There is a sunken boat some way up from Abingdon Lock. Other boats nearby were overgrown with vegetation, and had not moved for a while.
Risky Moorings
Another sunken boat can be seen at the far end of Wilsham Road.

The Vale of the White Horse introduced a new mooring policy at the end of 2017 to try and make their moorings available for visitors who stay for just a day or two. This did make me wonder whether some boats, that previously stayed at Vale of the White Horse moorings, are now moored at more risky places.

Last Weekend – This Weekend

The riverside, riverside bars, and open air pool were not so full this weekend in Abingdon. There were not so many people taking the Salter’s steamers as last weekend.
Last weekend
Last weekend.
Last weekend
This weekend.
Last weekend
Warning notices appeared last weekend along the River Thames in Abingdon and along the mill stream. The cooler weather and faster flowing river, this weekend, should at least reduce the risk from toxic algae.

But nevertheless, please don’t paddel.

Boat Sunk near Margaret Brown Gardens

Boat Sunk
On Saturday afternoon a boat was sunk near Margaret Brown Gardens. This picture was taken Sunday lunchtime. By Sunday evening the boat was all underwater.

I read on a boating forum “bout a dozen blokes on the booze came past us in a possibly Shetland 19ft ish boat when we were in the Nags Head garden yesterday afternoon. All sitting on the bow/roof steering with their feet. Mate says to me that’s gonna end in tears.

Small World

Small World
We are way for the weekend in Ulverstone, Cumbria, and yesterday I went into John C Jackson Antiques. It is a minute walk from the town centre shops, with a prominent position on the corner of Fountain Street. I flicked through some old postcards, and bought two, then got talking to John Jackson, the owner.
Small World
He knew Abingdon from a boating trip on the River Thames. Lovely town he remembered, on the River Thames. He remembered going over the bridge for a drink in one of the town’s pubs then going back late to his hired boat. He was invited into the neighboring boat for more drinks by a very persuasive neighbour. The neighbour said he knew Ulverstone. He had just been there two days before as part of his underwater photography business. While in Ulverstone the neighbour had even noticed John Jackson’s antique shop. John Jackson said it was ‘a small world’.
Small World
He said his business was 49 years old, about as old as the postcard pictured above.