The McDonald family is steeped in the tradition of working on barge boats. From a very young age, Pat wanted to be involved in this work. A clear description is given of how the work was carried out, all its terminologies and its ethics and the lifestyle associated with the barge boatman. Pat’s own home is a repository of model barges and tug boats. Pat recalled many of the anecdotes relating to his days on the canal.
Keywords: bage, boats, model boats, Irish canals, navigation