It appears that the narrowboat stolen from Mercia Marina has been recovered. After such a massive search involving a goodly proportion of the canal-using population, a poster campaign and lots of activity on boating forums and Facebook, I’d have been surprised if it hadn’t been.
It wasn’t missed until the 26th July, when the owners came to the marina and saw the berth empty. But it seems that it was actually purloined on the 11th. So the thief had a fortnight to disguise what is a fairly unusual shell design.
But the only changes were to the paintwork, leaving the distinctive steel dodger around the counter intact.
For the owner’s sake I hope the interior isn’t badly damaged, and that the paintwork can be redone. It must have been lurking somewhere under cover for it not to be spotted sooner, and also for the fairly respectable new paintwork and sign-writing to be applied.
It was found only a couple of days cruising from Mercia, still on the Trent and Mersey, up near Weston (the one near Stone).
Congratulations are in order to those who spent their time cycling up and down towpaths investigation possible sightings, to those who made sure, via the internet, that the momentum wasn’t lost, and those who handed out dozens of leaflets describing the boat and situation. And also to the owners, I‘m sure they’re glad to have the boat back.
Well done all. Just shows what can be achieved if a community pulls together.
Now the law just needs to catch the thieving oik who took it…