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Pennine

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  1. MIke Clarke (Pluto) is the fount of knowledge of the L&L and A&C. He has delved into the wartime traffic here: http://www.mikeclarke.myzen.co.uk/Wartimecanals.htm
  2. The Inland Water Transport and Docks sections were always part of the Royal Engineers. Formed in December of 1914 to deal with and to develop transport on canals and waterways of France and Belgium. They ran barges both in theatre and the UK and all the associated dock processes. The Section at first operated under the Director of Railways, but owing to the rapid development of Inland Water Transport, a special directorate was formed in October of 1915. They were responsible too for construction and repair of barges used in cross-channel transport, from 1916 centered at the secret Richborough Port. By 1918 242 barges were employed , including ten of 1,000 ton capacity. They were also responsible for the technical operation of Hospital Barges*. In February 1918 a cross-channel ferry service, was brought into operation between Richborough and Calais with a supplementary service from Southampton to Dieppe. These ferries were invaluable for the transport of locomotives, rolling stock, heavy guns and tanks. By 1918, it had become a large and well equipped seaport of 2,000 acres, complete with all services and capable of handling 30,000 tons of traffic per week. Building yards and workshops were constructed to increase the supply of barges and other small vessels needed in all theatres of war . The River Stour was diverted by cutting a new channel to render possible 2,300 ft of new wharf for the cross-channel barge service, in which at the end of the war, 242 barges were employed, including ten of 1,000 ton capacity. These Ro-Ro ferries were invaluable for the transport of locomotives, rolling stock, heavy guns and tanks. In all some sixty miles of broad gauge railway were laid at Richborough. * The hospital barges were not specifically built or designed for troop evacuation or as a hospital until a few years into the Great War. Initially, they were converted from locally purchased Peniche. Conversion into 30 bedded hospital wards and QAIMNS nurses accommodation, and repairs were carried out at the IWT yard at Arques. The barges were usually located near Casualty Clearing Stations and Field Hospitals, They travelled in strings of three, pushed or pulled by tug, The crew appears to have been 2 bargemen, a cook (who also operated the stretcher lift), two trained nurses and various orderlies. The barges were usually in strings of three, pulled or pushed by tug under the command of a RE Inland Waterways Sergeant, and travelled to a port where the wounded were transfered to a ship or onward to a specialist hospital. An idea of how the IWT system worked can be found at the National Archives in WO158/851. Unfortunately not yet digitised, so to view would require a trip to Kew. The Transport Workers Battalions supplemented civilian labour wherever there was a proved shortage in the ports, railway centres, canals, and iron and steel works in the discharge of cargoes. They were solely used to supplement proved deficiencies in civilian labour. The first formed in May 1916, and by early in 1917 the number of the battalions was increased to a strength of 5,000 men and ultimately to an effective strength of 35,000. PeteS
  3. www.thelonglongtrail.co uk may be of some help, or www.greatwarforum.org is the place that will answer most, if not all of your queries with regard to military codes and definitions. Up to December of 1917, some 1,100 officers and nearly 30,000 men transferred to or enlisted in the Inland Water Transport Section. During 1917 633 officers and 8,270 men were drafted overseas to theatres of war. (France, Mesopotamia, Salonika, Mediterrean, Egypt and East Africa). By the end of WW1 the total personnel in the Inland Water Transport and Docks Service amounted to 1,666 officers and 29,436 other ranks. PeteS
  4. Digging a bit further, I find daughter Fanny born Q1 1911 - mother's maiden name Kelly GRO Reg 8d P210 The deceased child is likely Sarah Ann born Q4 1909 - mother's maiden name Kelly GRO Reg 8d P204. Death Index Q3 1910 GRO Reg 8d P119
  5. According to the GRO Online Index, Harriet Perrott b.Q4 1907 Manchester - mother's maiden name was Hulme. GRO Ref 8d P226 Seems there were a few Kay families in Manchester 1911 censuses who were described as being boatman/waterman.
  6. i'm of the same mind as Tumshie, and as it appears on both sides, it is a rather weird structural element.
  7. There does seem to be a similar tube on the port side...
  8. Food colouring added to the water?
  9. It was an absolute delight to meet Dan, Vikki and the ineffable MrSmelly (who looks amazingly like his avatar, albeit somewhat less dark haired!) a few days ago. Definately the smartest, cleanest dry dock on the system. Good luck with the 'Knobstick' project Dan.
  10. Pennine

    Muddlewhich

    Middlewich Boats has Elsan disposal for £1 fee
  11. Pennine

    Oil Boat

    Many thanks MHS, just what I was looking for. He does dispose of old oil, but it is none too clear whether this is a free service to boaters, although I do get the impression that it is. There is an email address on his website, so an enquiry should clarify.
  12. Pennine

    Oil Boat

    Does anyone happen to know the website address of the Oil Boat, the one that collects old used oil. Passed him on the B'ham & Fazeley a few days ago, but didn't make a note of the website. Googling turns up nothing either.
  13. Maplin. As with most Maplin stuff, relatively expensive, but if desperate ....
  14. -low-latency Bow camera to screen at stern to use to see what's going on 70' ahead in real time ^^^ this Only reasonable idea I could come up with is a hardwired 'reversing' camera. Wireless far too laggy.
  15. Left there last Thursday and it was nose to tail above King's Lock. Big Lock to Town Bridge already full of traders.
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