Last weekend, with lovely weather, it was the RNLI Fund Raising Day with many visitors and boaters enjoying the varied activities.
My interest is in things boating and mechanical - here are some photos from the day.
The Raft Race is a central part of the day - here the Overwater Team are shadowed by the RNLI Audlem Lass (see link)
The competitive front of the race!
The Overwater Team - complete with an additional member having a bath!
No wonder they came last - but a big first on laughs!
The Audlem Lass passes
Berthed for the weekend was the 1937 Harland and Wolff built Buckden. Originally working for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co. and later Willow Wren
The twin cylinder National diesel - also note the exhaust funnel on the right (from Willow Wren carrying days, apparently not-liked by the crew)
This petrol driven, saw machine also was in operation
Star of the show for me was the fly-boat Saturn. She is the last horse drawn Shropshire Union Canal Fly-boat. Built in 1906 in Chester, she was a 'cheese fly', built for the fast carriage of cheese, running non-stop from Shropshire and Cheshire into the markets of Manchester
And to round off a very pleasant day - a coal powered steam launch glides by ...