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In Topic: Birmingham canals

27 April 2016 - 08:44 AM

The only bit of the BCN I haven't done is the Engine Arm.  I'm assuming that's where all the Murder Death Kills happen as I'm still here :)

In Topic: Restoration of Morton Basin

25 April 2016 - 08:12 PM

Just come across this 

Restoration of Morton Basin

in Abandoned Arm of the Oxford Canal

of Hillmorton Conservation Area

To speed boat traffic on the North Oxford Canal, in 1837 the route was shortened by 11 miles. Often this was achieved by the simple means of cutting a sharp corner and blocking off one end of the redundant part, leaving an arm which could then be used as a wharf for mooring maintenance boats or load-carrying working boats awaiting their next contract. This left the main canal towing path clear of moored boats which would have been an obstruction for the horses, which at the time, were the only motive power. The redundant Arm below the bottom lock at Hillmorton became a Basin for the boats of the Oxford Canal Company at their main depot
Looks interesting.

Someone told me about this project a few weeks back, does sound interesting :)

In Topic: Where has all the unthusiam gone, is the heart of preservation now dead?

25 April 2016 - 11:53 AM

Someone recently told me that the pair at Weedon are owned purely to stop other people mooring outside their house. Not sure if true or not!


Probably the other pair to be honest Junior.  The ones at Weedon are on the offside whereas Edgware and Balham are moored on the towpath outside a house.


I could be wrong though :)

In Topic: Twist painting shafts, my way.

25 April 2016 - 05:26 AM

Thanks Dave. I need to do this with our mop handle and have been putting it off for ages.

In Topic: Where has all the unthusiam gone, is the heart of preservation now dead?

22 April 2016 - 03:57 PM

With regard to the boats in Harefield I can only look a bit closer to home. What has happened to Lucy? http://hnbc.org.uk/boats/lucy
Look on Peter Boyce's site: http://www.phobox.com/lucy/ This now appears :
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Here is a historic wooden boat partially saved and yet every time I drive through Braunston not a lot of progress appears to be happening. This is not a criticism by any manner of means but here is a boat worthy of restoration too, but I don't see a lot of preservationists rushing to help. I am as guilty as most here because if I cared that passionately I should be there offering time or money.  


Don't panic Ray. I was in Pete's yard on Sunday and work is definitely progressing with Lucy, albeit slowly. He does have paid work to do too smile.png


Edited to add: When I first went there in November he was measuring the bow planks in situ.  Those planks are now off and the whole boat braced and propped to keep the remaining bits in the correct place.  Remember he is rebuilding the boat in situ and not just measuring it and rebuilding from scratch.