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Ike (Isaac) Merchant 

Photo: Robert Longden.   Reproduced in ‘A Canal People’ ed. Sonia Rolt

“Ike is at genuine work on a hemp tip-cat, the elongated fenders which fitted at the back of the motor.  Two of these and the fender beyond buffered any necessary stop and protected propellor ‘blades’ and ‘elum’ (helm) in the water below.  Sets of new ropes were also earned in the fullness of time, but Ike was open to persuasion and had one or two favourites."

     © Graham Nurser 2012