Posted by Mike Field on August 15, 2018 at 16:58:00 user mikefield.
In Reply to: 'Speedy' in SW posted by Mike Dennis on August 15, 2018 at 04:35:09:
That's a good question, Mike. Given the length of time that's elapsed since SW was written, and the complete loss of your boy's boat in, say, the 30-odd years since he played on it, I wouldn't have thought it very likely that that vessel was Speedy's prototype.
I visited Beaumont Quay about a year ago myself and saw the almost-gone remains of an old boat sitting upright in the (silted-up) channel right near the quay itself. But I confess I never thought of its being Speedy's prototype, either.
By the way, I noticed that where the canal and lock were is pretty-well entirely unrecognisable now -- no sign of the lock at all, and the canal has been filled in after fifty yards. Unless you'd known about them you'd never have guessed they'd ever been there. (I also noticed that Witch's Cottage is called Thatch Cottage by its present owners.)
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