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  1. Steel bars for Tyseley. That's why, in the last picture , he's having to use the notched end of the beam to force the sides apart so his wife can knock the beam into place.
  2. As far as I know, Hostelcraft, running the "Pamela", ended up in the ownership of a gentleman called Neville New who I believed lived in Slough.
  3. Thanks for this. We all know that navigation is at the bottom of the priority list for CRT, they seem incapable of maintaining water levels anywhere, clearly they don't appreciate how critical this is. As regards dredging generally they seem to want to use any excuse not to do any, I dare say the budget for the PFC has been spent on the aqueduct railings at Marple (- as well as the locks!). I'm beginning to wonder why we bothered 50 years ago...…….
  4. The stern wasn't cut off, the counter round was removed and the sternpost extended upwards, two new plates fitted to raise the height of the swim, making a not-very-attractive stern end, it has to be said! Close inspection should reveal the boss for the stern tube still present. When it's sister boat "Dory" was rebuilt, these plates were removed and the swim restored, and the stern tube hole used again!
  5. I was thinking along those lines too, but I was wondering what sort of state the lower Peak Forest ( don't think it was ever very good for a deep draught boat!) is in after the lengthy period of closure at Marple and the lack of through traffic - I wonder if billh of this forum could shed some light on this?
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    The "Dace" I believe...…... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/canal-narrow-boat-project/202588068964?hash=item2f2b309c64:g:eqkAAOSwLKhcVbVg:rk:4:pf:1&frcectupt=true
  7. When BTW started fitting Armstrongs and Petters, they experimented with gear change levers mounted on the footboard, the linkage dropping down and passing under the cabin floor. The Armstrong in the "Foxglove" was so fitted, and the PD2 in the "Bexhill" as I recall.
  8. I have a donkey jacket with "BTW" on the back...…..
  9. Only heard them called that in the Gloucester/Sharpness area, perhaps a west country thing?
  10. I think Jimmy Hewitt is the figure with the white shirt standing on the back end (ie far end of engine room on RHS). it looks like his dad standing in the doorhole. I don't think it broke it's crank in his ownership. though. Steered it myself a few times while at Marple, slow going on those canals!
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POSTCARD-HERTS-WATFORD-GRAND-UNION-CANAL-RP/233073458621?hash=item364442bdbd:g:v9sAAOSwx9lcDB5k:rk:11:pf:0 Louis Powell and Johnnie Best, so I was informed
  12. This will be of interest to one of our forum members, if he hasn't already seen it...…. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-35mm-slide-Boat-regatta-Old-Stop-Lock-Marple-Wharf-Peak-Forest-Canal/264108530465?hash=item3d7e185b21:g:gqsAAOSwG49cJ2qE:rk:13:pf:0
  13. This was only rebuilt in the 1980s, pretty well unaltered until then, sold off fairly soon afterwards. Notable for having had the last Petter PD2 in Waterways ownership.
  14. He does appear in the film, disguised, in long distance shots eg when leaving the lay by, Harry H. bumps the boats before it quickly cuts to Ron steering them round towards Brentford
  15. EX - Manchester ship canal I believe
  16. I believe it is the "Electra" which is the cabin-less hulk at Charity dock...….
  17. … but don't these moorings extend all the way from the Wharf to Lily Pascall's………..
  18. Well said - engineers don't get their hands dirty.....!
  19. I remember Erebus in Gas St. basin when Bill Brookes first had it - 40ish years ago......
  20. ISTR the "Chiltern" had a DM3 in it's latter day Leicester Canal Transport life. Also short boat "Irwell" had one.....
  21. Older generations of boaters also called them "hanging up" plates......
  22. Unless I'm mistaken the motor appears to have been trimmed early on in the trip so that it is more level - certainly down at the stern at the start!
  23. Hope his warranty hasn't run out, might have a heart attack....!
  24. Has the warranty on the engine run out...……..!
  25. That's an accepted way to slow the boat, easier to climb the steps than climb out of the lock. While we're boating on the southern GU, if you haven't seen this look out for the Pisces, and Jim Collins at 1.36 - https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-summer-outing-1966-1966-online
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