With his old skiff he uses the current to drift south to a town. He rides a bus to Charleston, has a shootout with a black dope peddler that leaves him with drugs and a lot of cash.
He buys a boat that he can maneuver by himself, yet big enough to live comfortable aboard. With a new young boat bum and her little boy, he is again having boating enjoyment. Terry tells him of a catamaran sail boat that is peddling drugs, and is about to come into port to unload.
Fred boards the drug boat, to get rid of the drugs he had on his boat. The deal misfires and Fred ends up with more drugs and cash aboard his boat.
He finds that he has incurred the wrath of a crooked Custom Officer and his partner. They had planned a drug bust of their own. Fred and his new boat the MOLLY TWO escapes to go north to find his old hidden dope burial ground, to hide this dope. He had plans to clear his boat of any incriminating evidence.
Fred is almost buried alive in the new sand silt that has been pumped to over fill his islands hiding place. His stubborn insistence not to quit, sustained him. He lived to find his stash and offloads the dope. With only the money aboard, he resumes his searching for the MOLLY BROWN.
Stopped by the crooked Custom Officers he is physically abused in their anger. To save his own life he has another shoot out, and is victorious.
This is the story of Freds new adventures.
This tale, although a fictional account based on my Father's family, is the result of the many happy holidays I spent with my father in the area. It is also the story of the progressive development of transport, from the horse drawn train or cart, the canal barges, the steam locomotive to the motor vehicle, all of which, at times, competed against one another; often at the cost of that which preceded it.
The story begins with the young Jim being treated to a ride on the footplate of the engine by his father on his twelfth Birthday. On leaving school at the age of fifteen, it is time to consider working for a living. However events contrive to involve him and his friend Raymond in the rescue of a young girl from an abusive bargee.
Jim's first job was in the office of Pandy quarry. On the train he experienced the event which has become known as 'The driverless train'.
The first world war casts its dark shadow over the men and their families in the Glyn valley. In 1918 Jim returns from the front to find a changed world. The motor vehicle threatens the dominance of steam and the very existence of the Glyn Valley Tramway.