Photo-a-Day (Saturday, 31st May, 2014)
Nice photo. How old is the Kittywake, it seems to have been around for ever.
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.
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.
Theres some videos of Kittywake here.
Ken R; I asked the age of Kittywake on my Photo-a-Day of Kittywake 18th November 2012 and am still no wiser!
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.
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.
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.
If it was named after a councillor they would have named it halfawake!
Ernest my name has an L in not a K. LOL.
Sorry Harry; the `k` is adjacent to the `l` on the keyboard!
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
lovely picture,lovely boat .
Just noticed....Is the building leaning into the water...or do I need another appointment for Specsavers?
Jean F. I think it is the angle of dangle.
The Kittywake was named after concilor Isherwood's wife, she was a lovely lady who worked as a Nurse at Whelley Hospital.
A kittywake is the name for a kind of bird.
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 :)
E Parr, Thanks for the information about Kitty Isherwood.