I can’t help but laugh when reading this story about a man who has a narrowboat that looks a bit like a submarine, only a bit mind you.
Read the story its fun. It is very tongue in cheek, well thats how it appeared to me because if this a a serious piece of journalism I will eat my boat! It is a story full of absolute nonsense and bollix. The writer might consider a career in comedy writing. I fail to see why the writer thought it necessary to say (erroneously) that a narrowboat cannot be more than 70 foot long when he had already mentioned it was 70 foot long
‘A feared German submarine has surfaced’ on a sleepy stretch of Lancashire canal.
Traditional narrow boat users were yesterday left stunned by the overnight arrival of the 70 foot long “killer of the seas”.
But the man who owns the sub – nicknamed Admiral Cyril – now faces an investigation from waterways bosses.
His craft on the Leeds -Liverpool canal at Botany Bay near Chorley is virtually identical to the underwater craft which sank 3,000 Allied ships during World War Two.
The work of the Nazi submarine fleet was featured in classic war film Das Boot.
And it was that film which sparked old sea dog Cyril Howarth into building a submarine of his own...without the risk of ever having to utter the order Dive, Dive,Dive.
For the placid water of the canal is a mere six feet deep and his craft U-8047-cuts through the water at a modest three miles an hour.
Cyril spent £25,000 on the shell of a traditional narrow boat and engine.
He shelled out another £25,000 instructing a Liverpool-based yard to build him an identical U-boat super structure.
Retired trawlerman Cyril ,from Thornton Cleveleys, said: “You should have seen the faces of the locals when they woke up and found a battleship grey German navy U-boat in their midst.
“It is the culmination of a 12 month dream. I have always studied naval history and the role of the submarine.”
Mr Howarth will have to up-periscope in the future as British Waterways inspect his dream boat.
A spokesman said:”A narrow boat cannot be more than seven feet wide and 70 feet long.
“We cannot run the risk of a collision and having someone sunk by a submarine.”
David Wilson, 61, has been angling on the stretch of canal for 20 years. He said: “I found myself looking at a steel grey sub. I thought some film was being shot in the area. What next... the battleship Bismarck and Admiral Doenitz.”
Source Lancashire Evening Post