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sparrowcycles

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    welder,painter, maker
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    Yeo, Prince
  • Boat Location
    moving

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  1. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    You could buy Paragon.. I went past it and it still has a little sign on the top.. much less of a dent on the wallet
  2. sparrowcycles

    Boatman stove backboiler number of rads

    Ive done a good few gravity systems with the stove up the front, if you definitely get it running up hill, even when the water tank (if it's at the front) is empty, and there's not too many 90degree bends etc it'll be fine. Most rads have 1/2" bsp threads so Ive used 1/2" to 22mm compression fittings into and out of them so the pipework doesn't have to reduce to 15mm into the radiators. And I always start with the return pipe, to make sure it's got a nice flow back with no need to rise up to the back boiler. The only issue is that the rads can end up quite close to the gunwale due to the pipe angle.
  3. sparrowcycles

    Pictures of Etruria/charity dock.

    I'm mainly interested in the stretch that goes from the dock itself towards the school and am looking for photos of boats moored there from as long ago as possible. I'm aware they would almost all be working boats back then. I do have an amazing photo of a steam dredger there with some willow wren boats in the background.
  4. sparrowcycles

    Pictures of Etruria/charity dock.

    Thankyou, those really are very interesting and show the area I'm looking at perfectly. I just realised also that the remains of what seem to be a circular courtyard in the cauldon canal park are actually the base of an old gas tank! Much appreciated. S
  5. sparrowcycles

    Pictures of Etruria/charity dock.

    That's a great map! I didn't know there was a basin under what is now the car park. The bit I'm most interested in is just south of this map, it'd include the bone mill of which the tiny arm can just be seen at bottom centre. Thanks!
  6. Hello folks, I'm currently moored in Stoke on Trent at Etruria works and it has got me wondering about how the whole site used to look back in the day. Does anyone have any photos, particularly of the pound just the other side of the footbridge which adjoins the bone and flint mill, currently there seems to be an overgrown area there but the canal widens and it must have been a wharf or lay up place at some point.. Andddd.. while on the old photos theme, I'm looking for photos of the fields either side of charity dock when they had boats pulled up there, If anyone has an image or two of that that they'd be happy to share I'd be very grateful. None of these are for anything online or to be shown on any way, just my own interests in the sites. Many thanks!
  7. sparrowcycles

    Eco-mooring zone in development in Islington

    Thanks i wanted to say just that
  8. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Hmm I couldn't see any evidence of that when I passed but the cloths were all ripped and you could see into the hold. She looked more solid when I passed a year ago.
  9. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Cool, it was looking a bit sorry to me compared to when I last saw her.
  10. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    I just went past 'Lily' the other day, do you know what's happening with her? I have a friend who is looking for a nice josher if it was perhaps available to buy..
  11. sparrowcycles

    Towing on cross straps single-handed

    Ah now I have a face to the name! Yes, until I take the engine out I definitely have the option of just moving one boat at a time, certainly flights and the like I reckon I'll be doing that. Thankfully the Trent and Mersey above great Heywood has a few single locks spaced out pretty well for some practice! That's a good tip about the shafts, I will make sure to keep them in place!
  12. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Agreed!
  13. sparrowcycles

    Towing on cross straps single-handed

    Thanks, if I find it difficult I will certainly ask. At the moment I'm happy to learn a new skill. Quite likely by the time I'm ready to go down to Birmingham I'd be up for any help at all!
  14. sparrowcycles

    Historic Boats for sale online

    That certainly answers my question, have any actually gone over a gate? Great photo!
  15. sparrowcycles

    Towing on cross straps single-handed

    Thanks, that makes good sense to keep the motor right there if possible. Yeah I remembered that closing the gates was a real mission!
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