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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 31st May, 2014)

Kittywake


Kittywake
At Trencherfield Mill.

Photo: David Wood  (Canon PowerShot G15)
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Comment by: Ken R on 31st May 2014 at 00:19

Nice photo. How old is the Kittywake, it seems to have been around for ever.

Comment by: Harry C. on 31st May 2014 at 05:18

Still going strong, I posted a photo of Kittywake taken in the same spot 1985 in Album under Wigan Pier, we had just travelled over from The Orwell to Trencherfield Mill after visiting the Museum, Kittywake was painted red and white then, and was very quiet, powered by electrc motor.

Comment by: peterp on 31st May 2014 at 07:24

Once went on the Kittywake for a works do in the middle of winter. It was that cold there was ice on the inside of the windows and the boat was Bouncing from one side of the canal to the other trying to break the ice.

Comment by: Mick on 31st May 2014 at 10:14

Theres some videos of Kittywake here.

https://www.youtube.com/user/singaporemick/search?query=kittywake

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 31st May 2014 at 10:15

Ken R; I asked the age of Kittywake on my Photo-a-Day of Kittywake 18th November 2012 and am still no wiser!

Comment by: Mick on 31st May 2014 at 11:13

Ernest wasnt the Kittywake named after a Wigan councilor called Kitty Somebody.

Im not sure now because I think there used top be another council boat thats now parked up in Crooke, maybe thats the one named after the councilor.

Comment by: Mick on 31st May 2014 at 11:17

On this video it shows a German UBoat passing the Kittywake that carring a group of sick children who came to visit Wigan from Chernobyl.

http://youtu.be/hAsLEoLRz2A

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 31st May 2014 at 12:23

Mick; unable to find history of the Kittywake on Google.
Harry Cunkiffe took a photo from same spot as this of the Kittywake in 1985 - see Album, Assorted, Wigan Pier.

Comment by: Bill on 31st May 2014 at 12:54

If it was named after a councillor they would have named it halfawake!

Comment by: Harry C. on 31st May 2014 at 16:03

Ernest my name has an L in not a K. LOL.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 31st May 2014 at 18:29

Sorry Harry; the `k` is adjacent to the `l` on the keyboard!

Comment by: mortarmillbill on 31st May 2014 at 20:31

mick-Ken Pye rings a bell for crooke.

Some boat details can be found on www.canalplan.org.uk/ click on boatlisting and enter boat name

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 31st May 2014 at 20:44

lovely picture,lovely boat .

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 31st May 2014 at 20:47

Just noticed....Is the building leaning into the water...or do I need another appointment for Specsavers?

Comment by: Ken R on 1st June 2014 at 00:50

Jean F. I think it is the angle of dangle.

Comment by: E Parr on 1st June 2014 at 18:19

The Kittywake was named after concilor Isherwood's wife, she was a lovely lady who worked as a Nurse at Whelley Hospital.

Comment by: Chuck Turner on 2nd June 2014 at 23:52

A kittywake is the name for a kind of bird.

Comment by: David on 3rd June 2014 at 00:25

Jean F, the building is not leaning into the water. It looks like that in the photo because of the distortion caused by my camera's lens :)

Comment by: Mick on 3rd June 2014 at 07:38

E Parr, Thanks for the information about Kitty Isherwood.

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