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  1. When South Yorkshire Police built their new Operations Complex in Tinsley, Sheffield, they chose the name of the new access road ... Letsby Avenue. The residents of Butt Hole Road in Conisbrough, managed to persuade the Council to change the name in 2015 to Archer Way.
  2. Just below the first lock of the flight (Lock 41 - just past the junction with the Macc) there is good mooring to pop round the corner to a large Tesco if supplies are needed. As said above, the rings by Red Bull yard betwenn Locks 43 & 44 (Water, Refuse, Elsan, Shower etc.) are fine for the pub (48 hrs). Harecastle Tunnel - Last arrival for guaranteed passage through the tunnel 4.00pm - No booking required.
  3. Agree with Tim, Ed Shiers is a top bloke. And, relevant to another topic, is a specialist in Travel Power repairs too. A couple of years ago, I had trouble with my Travel Power intermittently shutting down (alternator brushes worn down). By shear luck I was at the Leek end of the Caldon, and Ed walked down from home, picked up the brush assembly, fettled it and delivered it back the following morning at very reasoble cost. https://fourcountiesmarineservices.com
  4. My solution to the same dilemma was an Acer Revo One RL85, sadly no longer made. It has Intel Core i5, 8Gb Ram, 240 Gb SSD, 2 x 1TB HD, and all in a box 4in x 4in x 6in. Needs 19v dc (PC is 65w, so about 3.5amps) which is provided by a brick from 12v Dc. Never had any issues with voltage spikes. It has HDMI into a Samsung 27in monitor, also supplied via 19v/12v brick. I would suggest investigating Mini/micro PCs to find one to suit your needs. There are plenty models available out there.
  5. Trapdoor drain near Lock 89 Rochdale Canal. Uploaded only a few weeks ago, and already had over 2.5 million views! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZeXcH4hmtY
  6. Just to be a little pedantic ... It is Derwent Reservoir, the middle of the three 'Ladybower' reservoirs. Coincidentally, my 4th great uncle owned Lockerbrook Farm in the 19th century, the nearest habitation to the Derwent dam, and I have a distant relation Sergeant Wilfred Ibbotson, rear gunner of A-Apple, who was killed returning from the dambusters raid Operation Chatise
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. i'm of the same mind as Tumshie, and as it appears on both sides, it is a rather weird structural element.
  13. There does seem to be a similar tube on the port side...
  14. Food colouring added to the water?
  15. 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.
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