Lower and Upper Avon
By the time we got to 1975 we had moved away form cruisers and into steel narrowboats.
This transition took place when we hired a narrowboat from Seabourne Wharf at Tewkesbury, who managed their fleet off floating pontoons on the River Severn. We had booked a small narrowboat but it was broken, so we were upgraded to a brand new 50 ft craft called Seabourne Steel - and very nice it was too.
We took this craft up the newly opened upper Avon to Stratford, crashing into a submerged lock foundation as we went along but apart from a tipped over cooker we were none the worse for the experience. I do remember the Captain Senior worrying about the possibility of a gas leak and planning to test the integrity of the pipe with a match - till I suggested some washing up liquid might me more effective and a great deal safer!. Sadly, there are no photos of Seabourne Steel so I can do mo more than make a mention of the trip and so complete the record.