The Short-listed Entries
1) The Great Escape
Because when I’m on a canal boat I’m able to escape all the worries and stresses and relax on a well-needed holiday.
A tribute to my Grandma who I have travelled on a canal boat with, and always inspired me to go places, geographically and in life.
It’s an English slang word meaning to travel purposefully towards a vague destination, having an idea of where you are going but not how long it will take to get there. I thought it fit well with the slow pace and gentle meanderings this beautiful boat will take during its lifetime. It made me think of laughing families, long summer days, English cider and the smell of the English countryside as the sun sets after a hot day.
4) Hannah Jane
My husband had a transplant last year followed by a long spell in ITU & hospital. My sister Hannah Jane was a rock, dropping her life to help me and my teenage sons at that very difficult time. To name a boat after her will tell her how much we all love her & value everything she did for us. We all love canal boating too.
5) River Knight
I have chosen this name because this barge will become the knight of the river having helped people sail through perious seas and sailors willlook upon this barge like it is the king of all barges.
6) Jessica Ellen
My daughter AKA my warrior princess is named Jessica Ellen. She is my superstar, she is 5 and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and reflux disease. Despite all her challenges she is beautiful, clever and incredibly smiley little girl. Her smile literally lights up the room and this year will be her fourth holiday with black prince. The flexible layouts of your boats accommodates all her equipment meaning we can have a amazing holiday but maintain the privacy we need for her therapy. She would love to have a boat named after her and I would love it as she deserves a lasting reward. Thank you.
7) Misty Waters
Nothing better than waking up on a Misty morning, a mug of tea watching the day awaken.
8) Berryway Belle
I love walking along the canal bank picking berries, so thought it would be an apt name as we would be able to spot them as we cruise the canals, stopping now and again to pick some and hopefully make a great pie/crumble for our travels.
9) Margie Bargie
It is the name of our late cat, she was an ordinary cat with character, who loved people, she spent some night with the ambulance crew and part of her day with the social services team and was always there for us should be sad or down, everyone who met her became fond of her and when we moved to France to open our b n b she was always having her photo taken by guest. We were proud to be part of her family.
11) Rudderly Fabulous
It sounds very boaty.
12) Holly Day
It came to me in a flash…
13) Vera Lynn
In recognition of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday – that way, even when she has passed her name will live on and when young people ask about the name you will be able to tell them of all she did to support our brave soldiers in the 2nd World War – lest we forget!
This is a word that me and my husband have been saying to each other for 17 years. It’s from an anonymous story of two people in love hiding little notes where they knew the other would find it. See How Much I Love You
15) Peggy Sue
My parents owned a boat when they first got married in 1966 and named it Peggy Sue as they were both huge Buddy Holly fans. I recently lost both of them and miss them terribly. I would one day like to buy a narrow boat and I would name it Peggy Sue after them!
We had several nominations for the name ‘Prunella’ after keen boater Prunella Scales. ‘Prunella’ already graces our waters, having been launched early in 2017.