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Captain Jack Sparrow leads Towboat to Kendal

On 26th June 2016, Colin Ogden, head of the 500 strong Owd Lanky Boaters Group, pulled off a spectacular event towing his historic Windermere boat Whimbrel into Kendal,  the first boat to do so for about 70 years.

He was sponsored and helped in the event by West End MOT Centre of Accrington, Antrim Marine trim specialists, and Bridge House Marina, Garstang, where the journey started.

Our photographer caught up with them at the recently refurbished Millness slipway, Crooklands, and followed them on this epic journey.

Nearer Kendal at Larkhall Bridge, Captain Jack Sparrow recreated a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, where a boat was hauled overland by the Captain. The Captain is convincingly played by Laurraine Smith, a Morecambe photographer.

On to Kendal and through Castle Bridge, where the Captains flagging strength was quickly restored by several slugs of brandy, which quickly turned into a mock drunken sword and pistol waving revelry.
Much to the enjoyment of Sunday afternoon walkers and cyclists.

It was funny and well staged, and an excellent promotion for the Lancaster canal.

Frank Sanderson. Friends of the Lancaster Canal.



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