‘Your boat is famous!’ The couple said. They were cycling along and skidded to a halt right next to us. ‘Your boat was called Lionel.’
We knew our boat ‘had a past’, we discovered it by finding a poster that was buried in the deepest, darkest cupboards on board. The picture on the poster is our boat and turned out to be a book cover.
At this point, as we are talking about boat names, I should say that the current name of our boat, Marie Suzanne, will very soon be changed to Rouge Corsair (RC). Yes, we are fully aware it is bad luck to change the name of a boat. However, we already have the champagne to appease the relevant gods and we have planned a neat little name-changing ceremony.
The name Rouge Corsair was the name of a wonderful little horse I owned some years ago – it is in honour of him.
Bear with me, this IS all linked!
It turns out that a Canadian couple owned our boat and in 1997 they traversed the canals. Rouge Corsair was called Lionel at that point. They wrote a book about their escapades, Travels with Lionel – A small boat in France, by Hart Massey
We know a few people who have read the book, with differing opinions on the content. Our copy is on order and we are looking forward to finding out a bit more about Rouge Corsair’s history!