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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 5th June, 2013)

Gypsy Boat

Gypsy Boat

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 4,136

Comment by: Derek Platt on 5th June 2013 at 00:57

Looks like it's a converted gypsy caravan. I guess the horse died.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 5th June 2013 at 01:39

2014 model perhaps..??

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 5th June 2013 at 04:34

Never seen one of those.....is it still occupied?......the circle made by the bridges reflection is very noticeable .....good one Mick....cheers!!!

Comment by: Mags on 5th June 2013 at 06:45

Tthe canal families where thought of as Water Gypsies in the late 1800 and early 1900s. Probable because a lot of them worked and lived on their boats.the

Comment by: AP on 5th June 2013 at 09:45

The Original Gypsies were 'Boat Dwellers', though long before our canals were built.

They were traders, shipping between India, and the ancient Danube trade corridor.

They had crossed the land bridge between the Red Sea and The Mediterranean, leading Europeans to mistake them for 'Egyptians' hence the name, 'Gypsy'.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 5th June 2013 at 10:11

Was this taken after the Watershed Mick?

Comment by: AP on 5th June 2013 at 10:48

Is that a 'Dug-out' moored alongside?

Comment by: Mick on 5th June 2013 at 11:11

Spoke to a wolly hat wearing hippy looking lad on Saturday and he said he was going to travel all over the place when his horse comes

Comment by: MikeW on 5th June 2013 at 16:33

Has he got a license, a BSS certificate and insurance for that thing?

Comment by: Bob on 5th June 2013 at 17:41

Should have a canal users license

Comment by: Mags on 5th June 2013 at 20:29

My great grandmother and her family lived and worked on th Leeds &Liverpool canal, she married a canal boatbuilder and my grandmother thier youngest, was one of the first in the family to "marry out" she married a Tailor.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 5th June 2013 at 20:33

Surely nobody lives on that!Would they be classed as homeless?If so.they could save up to have it "done up" You know what I mean !!!

Comment by: Mick on 5th June 2013 at 22:18

Theres been a lot of local boat movement lately because a lot of boater dont pay the proper fees to be permanently moored and there rent man has been round trying to collect the fees so the boaters have moved further along the canal to try and pretend there just passing through

Comment by: Brian Lowe on 6th June 2013 at 18:53

Licence, not license. We are in Britain you know, not America!

Comment by: a langton on 18th August 2013 at 13:42

this boat was built for two students on the other end there is a full size piano and it does move

Comment by: Higham on 25th July 2015 at 00:22

Remember seeing it under the bridge til dawn. Great memories. Still looks in good shape though. Is Joey out there he,ll remember it.

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