BELIEVE it or not it’s a narrowboat, pictured by John Whitehead near Botany Bay on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
With John telling our Brian Holmes that after hearing about it he was so intrigued he went out to look for himself, telling us:
“It is indeed a strange vessel but to the trained eye definitely a narrowboat. It has no windows, no licence, no registration number and no name.”
Perhaps the latest method of licence evasion—disappearing when a British Waterways official comes into view! For surely the conning tower is too tall to fit under most bridges.
What to make of this, I do not know. I can only guess there’s a conventional narrowboat underneath there, and the owner(s) enjoy their privacy and security. For normal canal boating holidays I would recommend choosing a narrowboat with the large rectangular windows rather just the little round portholes, for better natural light below deck. Live aboarders sometimes have different priorities.