This year is the first year since the 1950's that my family has not owned a canal boat. Our last boat was the Norman 25 cabin cruiser Albatross.
Albatross was built in 1969, described as a "comfortable and roomy craft with lines and styling to match its performance."
|Albatross 2 in original condition|
We bought Albatross in the late 1970s to replace the original Albatross. The first Albatross was made of wood and was showing its age. Also it had low sides and I was fond of trying to crawl over the edge into the water. Albatross II had nice high toddler-defying sides. The new Albatross had two cabins, so me and my sister could be locked in the back with the VW engine that was in there.
|Albatrosses do Fly|
We had holidays in Wigan, Stoke, Manchester, Birmingham, Llangollen, Chester, we did the 4 Counties, the Cheshire Ring. We took dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils on holiday with us.
|Me and Jenny by the canal in snow in the 1980s|
I spent my childhood on the Albatross until I got to tall and banged my head too often. After that my parents continued to holiday on the canal with me and my sister visiting them around the country.
|Albatross entering Albert Dock|
In the last few years my parents took Albatross on the River Weaver, down the new dock link to the South Docks in Liverpool and up the Manchester Ship Canal.
|Albatross looking very small on the Manchester Ship Canal|
Following the death of my father this year, I had to decide whether to keep the boat or sell it. It was a hard choice but in the end we had to sell.