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A Friend of President

Canal Boat in Braunston Marina

Part 1 – Tim Coghlan looks back on his twenty years of involvement with the last surviving steam narrow boat President, now in its centenary year.

When I acquired Braunston Marina in October, 1988, I knew very little about the canals and even less about their history, despite now being the owner of one of the most important sites on both counts. The marina was bankrupt and very run down, and had very few friends. My main priority was to get it back in business, without also going bankrupt in the process, and for the first six months, I looked little beyond that.

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