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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 30th March, 2016)

Motley Crew

Motley Crew
Passing the Packet House, New Springs.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Pentax SLR)
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Comment by: Johnny on 30th March 2016 at 02:17

One time it was unlucky for a woman to sail on a boat...with eight on board its bound to sink!! ;-)

Comment by: alan on 30th March 2016 at 04:13

I am an ocean going yachtsman. This is incrediablry boring !

Comment by: PeterP on 30th March 2016 at 07:37

Their not bothered about a bit of cold weather and trying to enjoy themselves. No ice breaking for them.

Comment by: Vb on 30th March 2016 at 09:24

Thery're having a good time chinwagging without the menfolk. Timothy West and Prunella are making canal boating more popular these days! Although she seems to to do all the hard work at the locks!

Comment by: Johnny on 30th March 2016 at 10:05

The ocean-going yachtsman can't spell...Its a wonder he can navigate..:-)

Comment by: Blob on 30th March 2016 at 11:05

Good luck to them, a pleasant day out and a good natter, Alan, i hope your ocean going navigational skills are 'incredibly' better than your spelling is.

Comment by: Jerry on 30th March 2016 at 16:11

Look's like Andy Murrey's Mam one with Sun Glasse's on .Bet they are giving us Husband's a good slagging

Comment by: David on 30th March 2016 at 17:10

I wonder if the 'ocean going yachtsman' can spell arrogant!

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 30th March 2016 at 22:21

I believe I qualify as an 'ocean going yachtsman' and I have to think that Alan has not been at the helm of a narrow boat for more than 5 minutes or he would not be so condescending. It's a different world, but far from boring.

Comment by: Titus on 30th March 2016 at 22:43

Can't imagine meeting those eight ladies at a lock would be boring. Looks good fun to me!


Comment by: alan on 31st March 2016 at 00:34

Oh dear ! Yes, Johnny, Blob, David, and Robin Leigh, you are right. Too much Pusser's Rum can do that to a fella. Sorry, no disrespect intended.

Comment by: Johnny on 1st April 2016 at 23:09

I've drunk Gay Mountain rum but not Pussers (you got the spellin right?)
Jimmy Bond asks for a shot in a scene in " Casino Royale"....A fine spirit!!

Comment by: alan on 2nd April 2016 at 00:15

Hi Johnny

Pusser's Rum was the traditional rum in the Royal Navy (when it was allowed). It is not a brand name. I think it came from making a slang name for the ship's purser, who ordered the supplies.

I am a retired Naval Officer who drank too much of the stuff !

Cheers Alan

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 2nd April 2016 at 05:51

Johnny; copy and paste into your browser:-

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 2nd April 2016 at 16:07

Alan; extract from:-
"About Pusser's British Rum.
Rum and the sea are inseparable, and no rum is more akin to the sea and the sailor than Pusser's Rum–the Original Navy Rum. For more than 300 years, from the earliest days of wooden ships and iron men, sailors of Great Britain's Royal Navy were issued a daily ration–or "tot"–of rum by the ship's "Purser" (corrupted by the sailors to Pusser's). Prior to 1740, the men's daily tot of Pusser's Rum was a pint a day, which they drank neat, that is without water! Before battle, they were issued a double 'tot', and always after victory for a job well done! From 1655 to the 19th century, Pusser's Rum was one of the few daily comforts afforded those early seamen of Britain's Navy as they fought around the globe to keep the Empire intact and its sea lanes open. It was not until July 31st, 1970 that the Admiralty Board abolished the daily issue of Pusser's Rum. "Times had changed", they said as they concluded that "in a highly sophisticated navy no risk for margin or error which might be attributable to rum could be allowed". And so it was that the daily issue of Pusser's Rum, which had stood the test of time as the Navy's longest serving tradition for over 300 years, was cast aside like a piece of flotsam and jetsam where it lay quietly until 1979."

Comment by: alan on 2nd April 2016 at 18:08


Thank you for reminding me with that excellent piece of history.

The Admiralty was right in thinking that rum could cause errors in sailor's functioning.

Look at my posting on 30th March at 04.13 as proof !

Comment by: Johnny on 3rd April 2016 at 07:54

Thanks alan And Ernest for your valued info...
You are not to old to learn...

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 5th April 2016 at 03:19

Just bought a bottle of Pusser's today from Walmart(!). We used to have to go to Tortola to get it, which would take a long time even in Alan's ocean going yacht. I'm not sure whether the world is improving or Pusser's rum is going to pot, but does work quite well on narrow boats.

Comment by: Cullie71 on 6th April 2016 at 22:40

Bleedin eck its loose women ont canal

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