‘Duke’ sets sails af­ter 30 years on Cri­nan Canal

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Af­ter liv­ing at Cri­nan for al­most 30 years, a well known char­ac­ter has moved on.

The Ger­man-built for­mer cus­toms boat Duke of Nor­mandy II has been sold, af­ter a num­ber of years on the mar­ket, for an ask­ing price of £60,000,.

The boat, then called ‘Ems’ was built in Olden­burg for the Ger­man cus­toms in 1934 to a high stan­dard. She was com­man­deered by the Ger­man Navy at the out­break of war and fired on by Amer­i­can troops at Granville on the Cher­bourg penin­sula in March 1945 – and still bears the bul­let holes.

Nick and Rachel Walker had owned the ves­sel since 1992 af­ter buy­ing her from Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways and many a fam­ily hol­i­day has been en­joyed sail­ing her in the years since. New owner Rick Young said: ‘It hasn’t quite sunk in that I’ve bought her yet. It’s fan­tas­tic, a won­der­ful thing. I am not a mariner, but I have a crew of peo­ple who are.’

The Duke of Nor­mandy II is head­ing for North­wich in Cheshire, where she will be ex­am­ined in dry dock.

Rick plans to re­store and re­fit the ves­sel for pri­vate use.

Nick, who is in the process of re­tir­ing, said: ‘I feel sad but also happy to see her go­ing to a good home.’

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New owner Rick Young, ready to sail from Ar­dr­ishaig Har­bour en route to Cheshire.

Left: The Duke of Nor­mandy II at home on the wa­ter.

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