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Everything posted by archie57

  1. But what sort of job have they done - who's going to be the first to take a properly loaded boat through there..........
  2. Why do they need a roadway when there is a dredging tip a few hundred yards along the canal........
  3. I believe the "Birdswood" is electrically powered.......
  4. As a result of this breach the Coventry council boats were left on the bottom in the basin. As there were trip bookings to fulfil they were craned out and taken to Sutton Stop which became our base for a while . As we had the crane already in the basin we attempted to lift out the "Grace" but with the slings then available, together with a lack of a spreader bar this was a non-starter so there it stayed. We did recover no end of coal from the canal bed however!
  5. Sam and Vi Minton lived on the "Edna Grace" before their move onto a Simolda boat "Mavis"
  6. Probably the Scorpio, Sagitta or Sculptor!
  7. I identified another RCHS picture there.......
  8. - and the fence is still the same today (- or was the last time I was along there)
  9. I've got a bit of the "Camborne" on my boat - the exhaust collar from when it had a PD2 in it!
  10. I believe it is this boat that ended up a house boat at Tardebigge and was sadly destroyed by fire many years ago
  11. Motor's cabin back appears painted back to front - I can only think of one Waterways boat I've seen like this.........
  12. John Henry Meese with wife and daughter Elizabeth on the Evenlode, motor Azalea I believe
  13. Replaced during the last war I understand.....
  14. The bracket is for attaching the chain , used at one time for stopping the boat in locks . must have caused a lot of wear on the stumps!
  15. - but it wasn't really that good then........!
  16. My late friend Hannah Boyes, who was boating 1896 - 1953 on the Grand Junction and connected canals, always talked of a pair as being a Motor and boat........!
  17. Makes me think of Shipley lock on the Erewash.....
  18. Not a good idea to alter the A45 bridge leaving Braunston - being a blind bridge you need to be able to pass an oncoming boat there - which I've done many times.
  19. I didn't mean to suggest it was still a steamer! It was 1970 when I travelled with him from the bottom of Wolverhampton to Warwick via Norton Canes
  20. No - Mr Bush's boat was a composite (I'm guessing it still was then) FMC steamer on which I travelled on one occasion! Don't think it would do a chainsaw much good trying to cut up a wooden boat........!
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