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  2. I saw a wine red painted L&L Shortboat a few years ago quite well hidden at BJ Woods floating drydocks in Isleworth on the Thames. I don't know which boat it was or whether it is still there but the google satellite view shows a possible match. May have just been in for works but it was behind the floating docks giving the impression of being always moored there. 51.46809810721728, -0.32127342597231606 IT WAS APPROXIMATELY THIS COLOUR
  3. I stand corrected. It was the depth which threw me. I'm sure you are right.
  4. Thats not an FM&C stern. Odd boat. Wrong bow and wrong stern. Maybe the bit in the middle is original?
  5. No. He wants ID of the blue L&L boat moored between Packet boat Marina and The Shovel pub at Uxbridge. Its on the houseboat moorings not the towpath. Blue steel cabin with folded plating rather than welds along the top edge. Really nice boat. Also has a raised wooden extension cabin on the end. It is an "unidentified" craft which may be a boat formerly believed to have been scrapped. The boat in question is here 51.522204106720245, -0.4847683308528439 I actually think it might be a Long Boat not a short boat and there was a previous suggestion it could be the ATTRACTIVE. May be getting mixed up though.
  6. Thread on Thunderboat about these craft https://thunderboat.boards.net/thread/1604/leeds-liverpool-shortboats?page=1 This thread has a LOT of information by some people with in-depth knowledge. ETA I know who you are now ! Bit slow on the uptake there. I don't go past Cowley any more but last time I did I had a close look and couldn't see anything. The boat has a lot of repair plates on the sides which I believe shows it was previously unloaded by a grab.
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  9. I've always assumed it is where the yellow circle is. Have done it several times in canoes and dinghies over the years but never noticed enough structure on the other stream (red) to indicate the remains of a lock. There is significant stonework exactly the right shape for a pound lock near where you have put the yellow circle. It is now a weir. I think it is more likely that there are remains of a separate weir where the red circle is. That channel doesn't seem to be a very useful shape for maneouvering barges into. Too many bends. The purple line is much better.
  10. There is a floating bridge with an outboard motor for opening it at La Vilette in Paris. Not been recently so it might have gone but there is a webpage about it Pont flottant de La Villette https://www.eutouring.com/pont_flottant_de_la_villette.html
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  13. Wey navigations there are several examples of this. I suppose the reaches are longer though. Also the bit between Copper Mill and Black Jacks on the GU is similar in a way with the Colne (?) going in and out but not sure if it follows the original course of the river.
  14. I'd go the other way personally. Having done Teddington to Limehouse and verce visa quite a few times I must admit I prefer the latter! No reason not to reverse the journey then if possible get an early exit from LH onto the River and plan for Brentford but carry on to Teddington if it all goes swimmingly. Much better than the waiting pontoon at Limehouse. You don't want to go there don't ask me how I know but no it is not comfortable at all. A trip through the upper pool is enjoyable but I always worry a bit so inward bound on a rising tide knowing the River is going to get more and more calm as you progress is really a lot more pleasant, especially when there are restrictions on Limehouse lock. Was there a particular reason for going to Limehouse first? I think Brentford (not Brentwood) needs booking 48hrs in advance these days and it might be online. I'd go Teddington Brentford then stop somewhere like above Norwood top locks. A bit bleak but a little shop and a reasonably quiet part of the indian subcontinent. It might be full but should be okay. A bit further on there is Tesco Bulls bridge where you can stop a night if you want to or just under the bridge opposite the permanent moorings at the start of the paddington arm. Then the long haul across Paddington arm into central London (probably worth booking a mooring as suggested above) stay a day or two then run down to Limehouse. Loads of space on the cut just round corner from Limehouse Marina (don't leave valuables like bikes out as they will be taken). The wall in the marina is better and as it is 24 hours and patrolled it should be available. Then on the right day exit Limehouse preferably early and have a nice gentle cruise up with the tide to Teddington. If you do stay at Limehouse have a walk to canary wharf and find the Docklands museum. A brilliant free museum (part of Museum of London) with endless very high quality exhibitions about boats and east london docks. A clean wetherspoon next to it. Worth doing a "London ring" trip.
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