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Nick G

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  1. Notice Alert Macclesfield Canal Location: Bridge 38 to Bridge 39, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal Starts At: Bridge 38, Black Road Bridge Ends At: Bridge 39, Hollands Br Up Stream Winding Hole: Hurdsfield Winding Hole, close to Bridge 33, Higherfold Bridge Down Stream Winding Hole: Lyme Green Winding Hole, close to Bridge 45, Leek New Road Bridge Wednesday 24 March 2021 11:00 until further notice Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Repair Update on 05/05/2021: Since investigations revealed the failed culvert between Bridge 38, Black Road Bridge and Bridge 39, Hollands Bridge on the Macclesfield Canal, works on site have progressed well. Stop planks have been installed, with water flow managed by over-pumping to maintain levels along the canal. Additional bunds to allow a safe working environment have been installed and the existing failed culvert has been removed. Further inspections have resulted in a simpler method of repair, a new section of plastic pipe has replaced the section of failed culvert, connecting into the pipework that was found within the old masonry culvert, significantly reducing the works and time required. Works are now underway to protect this with a surround of concrete. We will then remove the safety bunds and reinstate the clay canal bed over the coming weeks with a view to re-water this section and resume navigation, following a successful testing period. A further update on progress made onsite will be provided by Wednesday 19 May. Further works onsite will then need to take place to complete the connections and the towpath may need to remain closed during these works. Our teams and contractors remain committed, and we endeavour to minimise the requirement for this closure.
  2. Notice Alert Macclesfield Canal Location: Bridge 38 to Bridge 39, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Canal Starts At: Bridge 38, Black Road Bridge Ends At: Bridge 39, Hollands Br Wednesday 24 March 2021 11:00 until further notice Type: Navigation Closure Reason: Repair Update on 07/04/2021: Investigations are now complete between Bridge 38, Black Road Bridge and Bridge 39, Hollands Bridge on the Macclesfield Canal and our teams have found the culvert has failed and requires replacement. Our contractors have already started onsite carrying out a fish rescue and removing a third party owned wall to allow access to the site. Over the next coming weeks, we will be establishing a safe, controlled working environment to create a dry working area and managing water flows by installing pumps over the culvert to be able to remove the existing culvert. Our contractors have committed to working seven days a week to be able to re-open navigation as soon as safely possible. Whilst there is a considerable amount of work that is required for navigation to resume, we anticipate works will be complete by the end of June.
  3. You may struggle on the Southern Stratford. Several of the Wilmcote locks are tight. Lock 44 is the tightest if I recall correctly. Although Stret Lock on the Chesterfield has been rebuilt, there are other tight locks further up.
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  5. Going up Grindley Brook with a deep draughted boat last year, the volunteer lock keeper was careful to run a bit of extra water down to fill the middle lock so we could get over the cill into the top lock. Simply emptying the top lock into the middle lock does not fill the middle chamber sufficiently.
  6. I've seen a photograph of Saturn, the restored Shropshire Union flyboat, at Llantisilio. I don't have the date, but certainly since Saturn's rebuild this century!
  7. Notice Alert Shropshire Union Canal Location: Hack Green Lock 2, Baddington, Shropshire Union Canal. Starts At: Hack Green Winding Hole Ends At: Moss Hall Winding Hole Up Stream Winding Hole: Hack Green Winding Hole. Down Stream Winding Hole: Moss Hall Winding Hole. Saturday 3 October 2020 16:00 until further notice Type: Navigation Restriction Reason: Structure failure Update on 05/10/2020: Our team have identified an issue with the cill lining at Lock 2, Hack Green, teams will be on site Wednesday 7 October to investigate a resolution. Navigation will resume today through Hack Green locks with daily operating times: 10am – 3pm to facilitate passage through the lock (last passage at 2.30pm) Our team will be onsite to assist with operation of Lock 2 within the operating times. Padlocks will be placed on Lock 1 & 2 outside of these hours. Notice will be given should a closure be required to allow our team to install the repaired cill lining back into place. An update will be provided Thursday 8 October.
  8. I believe that Beatty was fitted with an AS2 to replace the Petter in 1955. I was told that it was the first AS2 to be installed in a narrow boat, although I have no evidence to substantiate this. That engine was replaced in 2013 with another AS2 which had previously been a stand-by generator. Incidentally, the floor plates in Beatty's engine room still have a cut away section to accommodate the Petter water pump.
  9. See the Pennine Waterways website for photos and more details. http://waterwaynews.blogspot.com/2020/02/calder-and-hebble-closed-for-12-months.html?m=1
  10. 12 historic boats are still on the Rochdale, waiting for Lock 66 to be repaired.
  11. At least 11 historic boats are still at various locations on the Rochdale Canal. Most had already been delayed by a blown cill at Lock 49 in Rochdale which was repaired last week.
  12. Returning to an earlier part of this thresd - here is the Yarwoods cast iron rudder tube collar on Beatty.
  13. The Petter in Crane, photographed in 2016.
  14. Ian has changed hands again and has new owners. The boat was dry docked in Northwich a couple of months ago. She is currently based at Malkin's Bank on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
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