I shall miss the Gerald Daniel. She was moored at Cobnor as an accommodation hulk for the sailing centre there for more than 30 years, and now she is being replaced by a spanking shiny new steel barge. Gerald Daniel was built in Appledore as the minesweeper HMS Sidlesham in 1955. She was sold out of the service in 1967. In 1973 she was moored in Bosham Channel as a training centre for West Sussex Police - PC Gerald Daniel was a young constable who died while in the force. The centre was later taken over by a Christian youth sailing school.
Now the mahogany vessel is going to the Thames to become a houseboat in Chelsea.
I took the photo early this morning - a crisp, cold autumn day.