Escargot & Moonstone
Two unusual boats by the name of Escargot and Moonstone!
The first is a pedal powered cruiser. The style of hull, being square shaped, clearly shows it is a different kind of boat! I saw it on the approach to Little Venice the other day. Some other boaters tell me it has been through at least once so perhaps it was on its return journey.
The second is one of the very early British Waterways Board hire narrow boats. The picture below shows Moonstone with Escargot passing by. The unusual stern arrangement of both boats can be seen. On Escargot the two adults are operating pedals that drive the boat’s propulsion.
I dont know much about these boats however they featured on later editions of the first canal map books in the early 1960’s. They were built specially for the bits of canal popular at the time including the Llangollen. They’d have been based at Wrenbury on the Llangollen and Aynho on the Oxford canal. Original colours were blue & yellow lining of the old 1960’s British Waterways organisation.
I think there’s probably three of these old hire narrow boats still extant in the London area.