Kennet & Avon Canal, August 2006
Graham & Jane Oliver

We are the proud owners of Narrow Boat 'Alnwick', a 62 ft. all steel replica motor tug based on a classical design that was produced in the 1930s by Yarwoods of Northwich. Our boat was built between 1995 and 1998 by the highly respected firm of R W Davis & Son Ltd. at Saul Junction, Gloucestershire. It was built as special project for the firm's indomitable Guv'nor, Phil Trotter, and is powered by a vintage Kelvin K3 Marine Diesel Engine. After being admired at various boat shows, 'Alnwick' became the prototype for the highly respected 'Northwich Trader' class of boats - of which more than 30 have been launched to date.

These days, our boat is usually moored at The Old Coal Wharf in Cropredy on the Oxford Canal. Our mooring is within a short walk of 'The Straws' our recently renovated thatched cottage.

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This website was first published on 22nd March 1998

Graham & Jane Oliver, formally the proprietors of Eaton Post Office in Leicestershire. We now own the 'Northwich Trader' narrowboat, Alnwick, which was built R W Davis & Son Ltd., and is powered by a vintage Kelvin K3 marine diesel engine. Apart from enjoying life on the canal, our other interests include steam railways (especially the Great Central Railway at Loughborough), folk music and collecting vintage racing bicycles, watches and fountain pens. Graham was brought up in the village of Welford, Northamptonshire and Jane comes from Stonehouse, Gloucestershire which is near to Saul Junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.


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