Please help me find my beau­ti­ful old boat

Canal Boat - - Letters - Ed­i­tor writes: Please con­tact Canal Boat if you are able to help. Jane Mini­fie

I am look­ing for my old David Piper boat build num­ber 239 called Jess which was sold fol­low­ing my hus­band’s death in 2011. When we viewed her in Ellesmere Ma­rina, the own­ers took us out for a trip giv­ing us turns in steer­ing the boat. She han­dled beau­ti­fully but as we found out she was a David Piper, that wasn’t sur­pris­ing. On an­other oc­ca­sion they took us to the top of the Montgomery where we had a pic­nic. We de­cided to buy her sub­ject to sur­vey and she was booked into the dry dock at Ellesmere. The sur­vey showed she needed her base over­plat­ing and we went halves with the owner on the cost. She was craned out at Maestermyn (now Whit­ting­ton Wharf) where the work was done. The chap who did the work found that the cup the rud­der fit­ted into needed at­ten­tion so did that too, he also found a leak on the fuel tank so that was added to the list. Fi­nally he put roof rails on both sides of the boat which my hus­band Michael later put wood on to make them more com­fort­able to hold.

An ex-BW em­ployee and his mate built a moor­ing out­side the cot­tage with piles sup­plied by BW who said that as the bank needed them any­way we might as well make use of them. My hus­band re­painted

Jess and did all the let­ter­ing and lines.

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