Saturday 28-November-2017 is Sculptor's 82nd birthday

Sculptor - a boat built by boat builders rather than a boat built by ship builders - and so much more elegant for that.

Sculptor is a 'Star' class boat named for the Sculptor Constellation
Sculptor on ITV Anglia - 22-September-2014
Sculptor on BBC Look East 16-October-2014
Sculptor on Narrowboatworld

Monday, 15 September 2014

A time for a bit of fun at Village at War

This last weekend (13/14-September) was Stoke Bruerne Village at War weekend.  The crowds flocked in on what was a lovely weekend so we decided that Sculptor should have a wee bit of exercise.

Prior to the weekend we took CRT's head of Heritage (Dr Nigel Crowe), CRT Press Office in the form of Sarah Rudy and an ITV Anglia film crew through the tunnel for them to film an 'episode' of their 'On the Water' series.  It was a slow trip northbound (about an hour) whilst the crew did pieces to camera and obtained the footage they required.  We then dropped our passengers at the northern portal and continued to Blisworth village to wind and return to Stoke Bruerne.  We have been promised a full copy of the video they took.

Steve Dean on the front of Sculptor
watching the tow with Cath Fincher on
Sickle's front deck
On the Saturday of the Village at War weekend we took Sculptor into the top lock and connected her up with Alan and Cath Fincher's Sickle to re-enact the tow that Sickle undertook with Sculptor, Sagitta and Scorpio in 1948 when the three boats were towed by Sickle to the northwest.  We are endeavouring to get all four boats together at an event (possibly Braunston) next year.

On the Sunday we worked down the flight to the A508 and back up again in conjunction with Nutfield and Raymond - the lockside at the top lock was crowded for both events and some excellent publicity was obtained for Sculptor.  Our thanks for Norman Mitchell for his usual excellent commentary and Neil Owen, Senior Waterway manager South East for his help on the Saturday.  Also to David B for making up some cross straps at a moment's notice.

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