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fittie

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About fittie

  • Birthday August 3

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    The Lakes
  • Interests
    breathing

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  • Occupation
    SEN Teacher
  • Boat Name
    Lancing
  • Boat Location
    Stockton

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  1. Regarding locks, in my copy of the Thames Conservancy Launch Digest (1973) it does say, "stop your engine." Has it been up dated?
  2. From around 1943 the old canister that would have been in the bag had gone so the bag for the new gas masks was smaller so no need form the bigger bags. New light weight gas mask was the reason for the new bags.
  3. I was offered a chain and told that it was from WW1, well that's what the old boatman told the vendor. When did these end up as chimney chain? Post 1942 ish would be my guess. Not before WW2 at any rate.
  4. Three bags from the same maker. Indiana Jones used a W&G made type 7 bag a few years before they even existed. Hay-ho.
  5. Re the pictures of gas mask links: the first two are from the pre war years 1930s (most likely would have seen action in the yearly part of the war with the BEF) The next two are from type V-c and / or type 6 introduced from 1939 to about 1941. The hook with the flat link I think is older than the slightly more simple hook. The last is a type 7 (no hooks) and was introduced in 1941. Made famous by one I Jones! So the links with the D ring attached were only about for a couple of years
  6. No pasties but I did have a few sherbets though.
  7. We pasted Mr Hewitt while boating in 2017, I was going to say last year but a new one has come along, as we were pasting a rather nondescript boat when a voice shouts out, "That's my old boat". I asked what he thought of it to which he replied. "Bloody marvellous!" Which is good to know.
  8. Yes it had a PD2 in it until I got it that is.
  9. Yep, she was Rainbow for a spell. Bloody awful name but maybe apt for the 60s.
  10. Oops, error. It is NOT Bude but Langho, sorry - Bude came later. Its been a long Christmas. The last time I saw Langho she was on the bottom not too far from Bude (the boat that is). Need to remember to think before I type.
  11. Using the wash from the prop? I used to thread a rope through the belt loops of my jeans and tow them behind the motor to get that stone washed look - if the canal water looked clean enough!
  12. Lancing and Bude during May 1944 copyright Time Life Magazine/Getty Images. Thanks to Getty Images for enlarging the cabin sides of the boats.
  13. I have lived with it for a great many years and I must say that it does my head in but... after taking it down and putting it away I decided to not get rid of it and put it back on the wall. It's a love hate thing really.
  14. A g'sunder in the cabin is the answer! + it works in both a heavy arsed Josher and a Grand Union t'boot!
  15. I thought that Mouse and Mole were built for working in the tunnel (Braunston) when it was closed for relining way back when. I have worked with one of then when it was used as a pusher tug for bridge and tunnel inspections with BWB. More here.
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