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Nick G

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  1. Nick G

    Josher Motor" Crane"

    The Petter in Crane, photographed in 2016.
  2. 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.
  3. Nick G

    NB width.

    in 2016 historic narrow boats Beatty and Bath shared all the locks (Ash Lock to Woodham Bottom Lock) on the Basingstoke Canal. However it is worth mentioning that two or three of the locks were very tight for two full length boats in both width and length. The 1904 edition of Bradshaw's Canals & Navigable Rivers gives the maximum size of vessels that can use the navigation as 72 ft. x 13 ft. 9 ins.
  4. Nick G

    Narrowboat "Margaret"

    This photo turned up on Ebay a couple of years ago. One of a large collection being auctioned. I think there was much discussion about them on CWDF. This is clearly a wooden boat - the hostel boat that has already been mentioned, not a BCN boat.
  5. See this link for a photo: http://nbbeatty.co.uk/jvm7iep5hr3yg7/1937-1960/
  6. Nick G

    Watermills at Locks

    It's Crows Nest Lock, No. 67, on the Trent and Mersey between Middlewich and Wheelock. The watermill is still there but is now converted to a private house.
  7. Nick G

    Waterways 35mm slides

    Dundas Wharf, Kennet & Avon Canal
  8. Nick G

    Historic Boats for sale online

    The boat which was retrieved from the Grand Western Canal in Devon is Hyades
  9. Nick G

    BCN Tug Sultan

    Sultan is moored at Bedford Basin, Leigh, on the Bridgewater Canal. You could contact the owner through Lorenz Canal Services.
  10. Nick G

    Current state of the Witham Navigable Drains?

    We navigated Kyme Eau in August 2011 with some difficulty in our full length deep drafted boat. There was continuous thick blanket weed above the first lock. We got through South Kyme as far as Kyme Tower, the remains of a mediaeval castle to the west of the village. We decided to stop at that point as it was getting extremely shallow and even weedier. We could possibly have got further with a lot of effort, but It seemed like a suitable landmark to have reached. We then had to reverse a couple of miles through the weed, clearing the propeller every couple of hundred yards. The first place we could wind was above the lock; another possible winding hole which we tried was too far shallow.
  11. Nick G

    Yarwood maker's plate

    I think the Yarwoods plate on Victoria is a replica made by Mike Constable (a previous owner of the boat) some years ago. I believe he copied it from an original. The Yarwoods plate shown on Beatty’s website is another replica from this batch which Mike sold to me: http://www.nbbeatty.co.uk/1937___1960.htm. I punched the builder’s number 586 onto the blank plate. The number matches that shown on a set of Yarwoods builders drawings for Beatty. The plate is about 6” X 4”. However just over 12 months ago I was lucky enough to get hold of Beatty's original Yarwoods plate, identified by the builder's number. Interestingly it is smaller than the replica plaque, only about 4” X 2 ”, but in other respects it is very similar.
  12. Nick G

    58' x13 widebeam in 57.6' lock on calder & hebble

    The Rochdale Canal is navigable by full length narrow boats. We have winded Beatty (70 feet) at Salterhebble and at the end of the Halifax Branch. There is also plenty of room to wind at Sowerby Bridge. I suggest that your problems may arise in navigating the Manchester end of the Rochdale which has a very restricted channel; depending on your draft, you may struggle with a 13 foot beam. It was hard work with a narrow boat drawing 2 foot 10 inches.
  13. Jethro Tull - seen on the River Wey in June 2012:
  14. Nick G

    River Class butty 'Hay'

    This is a photo of one of the River Class butties which was taken on the GU in April 2012. Unfortunately I cannot remember its name. Is this Hay?
  15. Nick G

    Historic Boats for sale online

    The location of the photograph is just below Minshull Lock on the Middlewich Arm. Mountbatten and Jellicoe are approaching the lock.

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