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Gloucester Docks &
the Sharpness Canal


Local Boat Names

For more about Pleasure Craft, see Visitors 2004, Visitors 2005, Visitors 2006

A selection of the interesting names that have been given to boats normally moored on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.

A made-up word from a nonsense poem that has been handed down through the owner's family.

Dawn Treader
The name of a magical ship from the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis.

Festina Lente
Latin for hasten slowly.

Happy Go Lucky
The name of a trow that belonged to the owner's great grandfather.

Hanner Ffordd
Welsh for half way - as the boat is moored just opposite the milepost that is half way between Gloucester and Sharpness.

The first two letters of the names of owners Roger & Lorna Wells and their sons John & David.

Look Too
A bell-ringing term used by the leader to indicate that a ringing session is about to start.

In Greek mythology, Marpessa was the daughter of the River God Euenos who chose to marry Idas rather than Apollo. 

An anagram of The Sauce Co, a Stroud business that helped to finance the purchase of the boat.

Pippa's Song
The title of a poem by Robert Browning which ends with the lines "God's in His heaven - All's right with the world!"

An old word referring to a feast or outing for those employed as printers.




Thanks to Jill Field for help in compiling this page.

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