I’ve seen a Ghost! It turned out to be a hopeful rather than frightening experience.
In March 2008 I sold my last boat, in my diary I wrote:
The ‘Onward’ had grown – over 14 years – from a small 28′ tug to – by 2008 – a much loved 60′ boat, my pride and joy.
Working with a number of skilled craftsmen, who’d become respected friends, the ‘Onward’ had everything I’d looked for in a boat, from back cabin to engine room, from covered hold to fore cabin.
Despite it being a huge wrench to sell up, I did it without regret. It was the right time to move on. The boat demanded the kind of time and attention I just couldn’t give it; what with engagement and marriage; our daughter, then twin boys born in 2008; a new and thrilling family life; and a new home to establish as well – the boat just had to go!
Sad to say, it you regularly use the South Oxford, chances are you’ll have seen the ‘Onward’, now sadly neglected by her new owner. It’s heart-breaking to see all that time, love and work simply rotting into the cut. I guess it’s the price you pay for selling up and letting go?
It seems that what I wrote in 2008 might not be the end of the story after all. If the evidence of the following photos is anything to go by, my old boat Onward is being resurrected.