Reading in the Great Cabin, a Captain’s pleasure on a winter’s night. #narrowboat #England #amreading

A snippet about Ian’s action packed life on the canals – at night…

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company.

There are many varied and splendid things about living on a boat in winter. One among these is that on a cold night I can retire to my cabin with a good book and a steaming mug of something fortified. If the weather is right and the water of the canal just that little bit alive then it is possible to hear the tiny wavelets slapping on the hull, and the damp fenders singing whalesong as they rub against the armco. Sometimes ducks nibble the algae that inevitably takes hold on the waterline of the hull, tapping their bills against the steel from one end of the Cardinal to the other. If it’s really quiet, and sometimes the canals are almost silent, I can lie in bed and listen to the coal settling gently as it burns in the stove, the heat being wafted around by the stovetop fan.

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