When I arrived home last night I was delighted to find a letter confirming that our Eileen had been accepted as a vessel meriting inclusion on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

With the certificate came a glossy review of the work of National Historic Ships.

It’s all a bit of an honour for the old lady, a recognition perhaps that she represents one of the most successful and flexible class of boats on the inland waterways. Whilst the majority of day boats had a modest, hard working life around the BCN and were then unceremoniously cut up; a few (including Eileen) enjoyed a new lease of life, as working motors, as camping boats, and as pleasure boats.

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