After a flush of success, when photographs and fascinating details emerged almost weekly, things have gone ominously quiet and I seem to have reached a dead end in researching Eileen’s history.
There are two grey periods I’d love to explore further;
the first period being what happened to Eileen after disposal from the Hickman/S&L fleet at Spring Vale:
- How was she disposed?
- Where did she go? Why did she survive when so many others were cut up?
- What did she do? Was she in storage with the intention of conversion to a pleasure boat as the later evidence implies?
- Who owned her?
- Where was she based?
- How did she end up in the early 1960’s in Skipton on the L&L, cut down to 62′ long and marinised seemingly awaiting her first engine?
And the second grey period is after Mick & Judy Vedmore sold her in the late 1970’s to an Australian couple. Within a brief period of barely a couple of years the boat had a been given a completely new full-length conversion and was based at Abbey Chase, Chertsey Lock on the R. Thames in the ownership of a Paul Pepperell.
I believe he’d bought the boat at Thrupp on the Oxford.
- When was the conversion done?
- Who did it? And for whom?
- How did the boat end up at Thrupp?
- Does anyone remember it?
- Does anyone remember Paul Pepperell, moored at Abbey Chase, or could pass on my contact detail???
- What happened after Paul sold her, to who and when???
Questions, questions, questions! Can anyone help me find answers, answers, answers?