On the Thames you have to register your boat with either the Environment Agency who are responsible for the upkeep and enforcement matters on the river, or the Canal and River Trust (CRT) who are similarly responsible on all other rivers and the UK’s canal system.
One of the requirements on the Thames is that you must register an unique name for your boat with them. This leads to a number of things such as “Lady Diana 9”, “Carpe Diem XXIII” or my personal favourite “Unsinkable the Second”. All the numbers help to identify the boats from their predecessors or nearly-name-sakes.
We decided to invent a name, others come up with often amusing names some of which may or may not more accurately reflect their owner rather than the boat.
I’ll try and snap some as we move along, but here are a few for starters.