I have a particular soft spot for the old wooden boats made by Taylors of Chester and word of this odd interest gets around.
I have been in contact with Giles Morris who now lives in the USA but used to help maintain both Barbara Joan and Lindy Helen. He had heard of Barbara Joan's ongoing restoraton by Colin Heart and passed on some photos of her relaunch under ner new name Irene Alice. I was going to express sadness at the passing of her original name, till I temembered that we changed Wand'ring Bark's name soon after purchase too. Those that live in glasshouses and all that.
Its great to see new life breathed into these venerable old boats and hopefully the handful that remain are now safe for another fifty years.
Colin - she looks absolutely fantastic and really looks the business! Its all a far cry from how she looked a few years ago: