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What’s In a Name?

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The Boat with no Name

What’s In a Name?

You may be wondering about all this talk of Mirrless, especially after my previous posts discussing the naming of the narrowboat in Hold the Front Page & The First Thing. I’ll try and explain. Get a cup of tea or coffee (or something stronger), you’re going to need it.

In Name Only

We spent a lot of time coming up with a unique name for our narrowboat and I mean, a lot of time. If you recall (see above), we had originally planned on calling the boat Out of the Blue until we found several others named that. We wanted to come up with something unique if at all possible.

After much thought we amended this slightly to Out of the Mist and we were happy with it as a name. It was a bit ethereal, a bit more allied to the earth. It was us. However, that was until we arrived at the marina to take possession.

A Narrowboat Named Mirr-something

The narrowboat is named Mirrless. Well, it’s not actually named Mirrless, it’s named Mirrlees, on the side of the boat. But it is actually called Mirrless because that is the name under which the marina have sold it to us. It is registered with the Canal and River Trust as such. But every time you look at the boat, you see Mirrlees.

Confused? Yes, thought so.

At the marina, talking with the sales crew, engineers and electricians they all talk of Mirrless (I’m not sure it’s all favourable now, after all the time they’ve spent on it but more of that in a later blog). In fact, I feel there are very few people on the marina who will not be aware of Mirrless. It has been given a totally new lease of life here.

But What Does it all Mean?

What does Mirrlees mean? What does Mirrless mean?

Well, Mirrlees means I have psychic power! I may have but it must be only a small amount 😉 It also is the name of a Scottish Economist and an engine; the Mirrlees Blackstone. There is also an author called Hope Mirrlees who wrote a very early fantasy story.

Mirrless is a little more difficult to track down. Did I say little? I’m sorry, I meant impossible. A Google search defaults to Mirrlees which is less than helpful as it’s how we got into this problem in the first place. You read the names interchangeably in your mind, thinking one is the other. You also get all the results for mirrorless! Google also confuses as a link to Hope Mirrless turns out to be a transcription error for Hope Mirrlees!

Mirrless? The only thing I can find is The Mirrless Works Band on Spotify

It’s a brass band. It’s Northern, celebrates the good honest people of the Mirrless factory and they won an award back in the mists of time (’70’s).

I Name This Boat

The narrowboat will remain named Mirrless. What can I say? It’s certainly unique!


rp – peace and narrowboats


Hold the Front Page – rename of the Narrowboat


Hold the front page, stop the press, read all about it! And any other outmoded method of communication.

We’re re-naming the narrowboat!

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Name goes here…

“But you haven’t even renamed it from its existing name yet” I hear you cry, in indignant outrage…

There’s a Problem

This is true, but there’s a problem. In my initial post about naming the narrowboat, I drew the reader’s attention to the fact that we saw a video where another narrowboat was named the same; ‘Out of the Blue’. We passed this off casually thinking two narrowboats on the cut with the same name is, OK.
I waffled on about not worrying about uniqueness of name and some such, however, I recently saw another narrowboat named the same – Out of the Blue. I quickly headed over to The Boat Index and performed a quick search and to my horror, came up with 23 vessels named Out of the Blue!
Either lots of people are obsessed about Roxy Music’s 4th album or they similarly just decided to go narrowboating; just like that!

Enemy Action

We had to re-evaluate; once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action** but 23 times is the universe surely conspiring to blast us into oblivion!

It was difficult enough in the first place trying to come up with a name. Now, it was near impossible! We went through the old contenders but nothing seemed to work. We had not chosen them originally for a reason.

Many narrowboat names died to bring us this information***

We poured through books and record sleeves and obscure arcana for something unique. As anyone will know, trying to come up with a unique name for a website is nigh on impossible these days – this was worse!

In the end we have adjusted the original slightly. We’ve come up with a slight twist which follows on historically from the original and is hopefully unique (as far as we can possibly know in the registration of narrowboats via The Boat Index). It has a slightly ethereal feel and it embodies our feelings at this time but mostly, it’s hopefully unique.


We are going to name the narrowboat

Out of the Mist

This is it! It’s final! No re-thinks. It will not change.

So, until next time. No. I didn’t mean until ‘next time’ we rename the boat. I meant… until next time you’re at this blog. I… Uh… Oh, Never mind…


* Sorry Roxy Music

** indebted to Ian Fleming
*** indebted to Mon Motha & Star Wars


rp – peace and narrowboats