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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 8th September, 2023)

Nelly's Gone Down

Nelly's Gone Down

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,657

Comment by: Arthur on 8th September 2023 at 05:20

Nellie's not quite gone down, she's most probably hit the bottom there.
Where is this.??

Comment by: Veronica on 8th September 2023 at 06:55

Well it’s hardly the Titanic …even the ‘deep’ doesn’t want her. Probably the plug was pulled on purpose…another eyesore.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 8th September 2023 at 07:39

We walked past Nelly on our way home from watching the rugby.

Comment by: Sandra on 8th September 2023 at 08:28

Where is this, any idea??

Comment by: Alan on 8th September 2023 at 08:31

It would help if we knew where it is......why do folk send in pics but don't mention the area?????

Comment by: DTease on 8th September 2023 at 08:43

Come all you dry land sailors and listen to me song
It’s only forty verses and I won’t detain yes long.
It’s all about the adventures of this old Lisburn tar
Who sailed as man before the mast on the good ship Nelly Bar.
2. The Nelly Bar was a spanking craft it wasn’t rigged fore and aft
Her helm it stuck out far behind and her wheel was a great big shaft
With half a gale to fill her sail she do a knot per hour
She’s the fastest barge on the Leeds canal and she’s only one horse power.

3. The captain was a strapping lad and he stood just four foot two
His eyes were black, his nose was broke and his hair was a Prussian blue.
He wore a leather medal that he’d won in the Crimea War
And the captain’s wife was the passenger’s cook on the good ship Nelly Bar.

4. The captain said to me, me lads "Look here me lad" said he
"Would you like to be a sailiar and sail the seven seas
Would you like to be a sailiar and on foreign seas to roll
For we’re on the way to Wigan Town with half a ton of coal.

5. It was early the next morning the weather it being sublime
Whilst passing under the old Queen Bridge we heard the Albert Chime
Whilst going along by the Gasworks straight a very dangerous part
We ran aground on a lump of coal that wasn’t marked down on the chart.

6. Then all became confusion and the stormy winds did blow
The bosun slipped on an orange peel fell into the hold below
Put on more speed the captain cried for we are sorely pressed
The engineer from the bank replied "The horse is doing his best".

7. Then we all fell into the water and we all let out a roar
There was an old farmer standing there
And he threw us the end of his galluses and he pulled us all ashore
It’s no more I’ll be a sailiar and sail the raging main
And the next time I go to Wigan Town I’ll go by the bloody train.

With a few alterations by me.

Comment by: Cyril on 8th September 2023 at 09:09

You never hear of anyone with an Auntie Nelly / Nellie these days, one time nearly everyone had an Aunt or a Great Aunt Nell.

Comment by: mark on 8th September 2023 at 09:26

Brian , I am not getting the PAD archive anymore since the crash . Can you please tell me has it been lost now? That would be such a shame to lose so much valued history and record. Thanks . Sorry Mick

Comment by: The Observer on 8th September 2023 at 10:43

Alan, it looks like in the Leeds Liverpool canal to me.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th September 2023 at 13:45

DTease, that was brilliant!! I was in need of cheering up and that did it! Mark, I imagine Brian and all at admin will get The Album up and running again asap; for the moment I'm grateful for p-a-d; I really missed everyone! Cyril, the old names are coming back....my granddaughter is called Edie and in the christenings in our parish magazine I have seen a Nora ,an Arthur, a Winnie , an Elsie and even a Florrie, (not "Florence"), so I'm sure Nellie will re-appear at some point.

Comment by: Julie on 8th September 2023 at 15:22

A lot of the older names are coming back but I am not hoping for the return of Gertie or Bertha.

Comment by: Arthur on 8th September 2023 at 17:41

Which fool hiding behind the Observer name said " its the Leeds and Liverpool canal to me"
The person using not his real name must think the canal in only a few yards long.
Alan, you asked a perfectly good question, shame their are some sad people on Here spoiling the post.

Comment by: e on 8th September 2023 at 18:07

I still hold the core of my Nellie ,
my swan meadow road of my youth , who am I now , just only reminds me ,
what i hold in my valley of truth

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th September 2023 at 18:49

Yes, there's something to be said for NOT being called Gertie or Bertha, Julie! But I knew a lady named Gertrude some years ago whose shortened name was Trudy, which I thought was quite nice.

Comment by: Pat McC on 8th September 2023 at 19:54

I never really liked the name Beryl, until I learned that it's a precious stone. Now, I really like it!

Comment by: Cyril on 8th September 2023 at 20:25

Gert & Daisy the radio and TV stars were quite funny, but they were their stage names and not there real ones which were Elsie and Doris.
And the only Bertha I knew was the big German howitzer, which was nicknamed Big Bertha.

So true about vintage names making a comeback Irene, I've been having a look and in Baby magazine it gives the most popular names.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th September 2023 at 21:10

Agnes is an old fashioned name that I can’t see coming back in vogue..I hope. There was a character in a comic called Aunt Aggie I think it was Desperate Dan’s Aunt.
In the film ‘Brief Encounter’ the little put upon waitress is called Beryl but it’s pronounced ‘Beryil’ by Myrtle who is firmly in charge and has the poor girl running round like a scalded cat.
Cyril I really did have an Aunt Nellie ….Where have all the Nellies Gone?
Gone, gone far away..

Comment by: Poet on 8th September 2023 at 21:59

Agnes , pronounced in the original French way , i.e , (Agnès ) ' Ann yes ' , sounds quite nice .

Comment by: Pru on 8th September 2023 at 22:04

Irene, album is working. Only thing for me not working is communicate.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th September 2023 at 07:23

Nelly was still afloat - but low in the water, when I photographed the line of Crooke Cruising Club boats moored at Crooke on August 2nd.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 9th September 2023 at 10:18

Rev I went past it yesterday and its been pumped out and floating again.

Comment by: Julie on 9th September 2023 at 16:35

You're right Irene,Truly is a much prettier shorter version of the name Gertrude.Still can't think of a better version of Bertha,though !

Comment by: Edna on 10th September 2023 at 21:49

I must rell you this about names, I had an appointment at the surgery with a lady called Aien, I said how is it pronounced, she said Onyer, just think of on yer bike..Sorry Mick, comments about name's brought it to mind..

Comment by: Elizabeth on 11th September 2023 at 06:45

There is an Irish name,Aine,which is pronounced 'Onya'.x

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