This is one of a number of images recently sent to me by an old friend, Steve Bacon, who I haven't seen for forty years but who contacted me recently via this blog. It's one of a set from a hire boat trip we both undertook over the New Year Holiday of 1973/4.
I did post some extracts from another participant's diary of the trip on this blog a few years ago, and rather than repeat them here are the links. Part One Part Two Part Three. Well worth reading for the way they capture the essence of winter-boating-in-a-hurry and with a few disasters on the way.
Most of Steve's photos are well annotated with dates and locations, but not this one which is merely entitled "Steve swabbing the decks" (On reflection, it can't be one of Steve's own photos - presumably one of his wife Heather's?)
It was taken on 5 January 1974. Bittern had been at Polesworth the previous night and was (over)due back in Rugby the next day. I suspect it's somewhere on the Atherstone flight therefore, but if anyone can identify the exact location (or correct me altogether) I'd be grateful.
Oh! and a bonus point for identifying the object on the lockside below the balance beam. (Starcross' version of a Winter Wassat?)!