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Ike (Isaac) Merchant 

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

"Any visit to Braunston would include a trip to Ike Merchant (ex, 'Number One’) in his sailmaker’s shop.  For the camera he shows a magnificent cotton line fender for a motor’s stern-end.  On his shelves jostle other equipment: paraffin headlamps, tun dish (funnels) and tarpaulin top-clothes.  These only earned replacement after a given period of time."

     © Graham Nurser 2012