The Union Canal

The boat

'Frances Ann'

Harrison Park

When was this photo taken?

See Recollections 2 below.

Canal Boat about to be launched at Harrison Park on the Union Canal in 1988

  David Ford (whose daughter Wendy is holding the bottle of Champaign in this photo

 

Recollections

1.

David Ford

Thank you to David Ford for allowing me to reproduce this photo.

David wrote:

Canal Boat

"Our boat 'Frances Ann' was used for school trips, pond dipping etc., during the day.  During the evenings it was used as a bar restaurant, berthed at Harrison Park."

Delivery to Harrison Park

"Here is a photo of her being delivered, prior to launching on the canal at Harrison Park (in 1988**, if memory serves me well).

Canal Boat about to be launched at Harrison Park on the Union Canal in 1988

I believe.  We caused quite a stir.  My daughter Wendy is in the foreground with the champagne, ready to smash it on the hull. Sadly, due to my late wife's illness I had to sell the boat."

Retired

"I'm now retired and spend most of my time writing.  Anyone who remembers me or the 'Frances Ann' is welcome to get in touch."

David Ford:  April 3+6, 2012

Reply to David?

If you'd like to send a reply to David Ford, please email me, then I'll pass on his contact details to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 8, 2012

 

Recollections

2.

Fergus Ray Murray

Thank you to Fergus Ray Murray for his comments below.

Fergus wrote:

Canal Boat

"I came upon these photos of the 'Frances Ann' when I was researching the boat (now 'Zazou').  I'm looking at buying it and returning it to something rather more like its original purpose, an ecology centre and cafe."

Canal Boat about to be launched at Harrison Park on the Union Canal in 1988       Barge on the Union Canal at Craiglockhart  -  Photographed during an Edinburgh Photographic Society Outing in the 1990s

Date of the Original Photo

"You have given a date of 1988** for the photo on the left above, which is rather strange.  The current seller (and his boat safety certificate) has the boat down as having been built in 1999!  That fits in with everything else I can find about it, including a photo that I have of the boat being lowered into the canal by a crane. 

The telephone number painted on the crane begins '0131', so I'm fairly sure that the photo must have been taken some time after Phone Day in 1995!"

Fergus Ray Murray:  July 20, 2015

Reply to Fergus

**  Thanks, Fergus,  for your comments above.  It looks as if I must have been mistaken about the date  when I added my original '1988' caption for the photo at the top of this page.  I've now removed that caption.

(I've passed on to Fergus the latest email address that I have for David Ford.  I hope that David will still be using the same email address now, and that Fergus will be able to get in touch with him.)

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 20, 2015

 

Union Canal

1990s

Here is a photo that I took in the 1990s of the Frances Ann on the Union Canal in the 1990s, on an evening walk along the canal with a group from Edinburgh Photographic Society.  David is standing on the stern of the boat with his back to the camera.

Barge on the Union Canal at Craiglockhart  -  Photographed during an Edinburgh Photographic Society Outing in the 1990s

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 8, 2012

 

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