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  1. Several of the original turf sided locks on the Kennet navigation where rebuilt. Some of them had a new lock constructed in sheet piling immediately upstream of the original so you boat through the turf sided chamber as you leave the lock going down. The one below Aldermaston and another above Burghfield spring to mind.
  2. It's in about 15 pieces and they don't fit together very well as the edges have splintered. We've tried gluing and sealing but it's to far gone. I don't see any alternative than replacement and if I can't find a bullseye I might get some plate glass cut. It may well have been up sized when the steel rotted out, I've no idea what size it was when built but the surround was overplated at some point.
  3. Hi all, Woundering if anyone might be able to help. I've got a cracked bullseye glass and I'm after a replacement but I can't find anything big enough as its 9 inch diameter. Anyone got any idea where to find one? Cheers, Andrew
  4. We where given simular instructions about the bottom when we collected Tadworth. We made it to Tim Carters yard without issue but while dabbing at a damp patch with some toilet roll I managed to poke a hole in the bottom. It was probably my own fault for using own brand and not Andrex extra soft! It was plugged with some kindling and she was craned out a few days later after which the hole stopped the hold filling up with rain water!
  5. Not sure if Stratford has been mentioned on here yet: https://www.apolloduck.com/boat/yarwoods-72-traditional-for-sale/661912
  6. A very smart looking boat, always liked it from the first time I've seen it! Last saw it in 2018 near Stoke Hammond:
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    Petter PJ3W

    Yeah I have to admit at first I wasn't to sure about the engine, most of my experience is with h series listers and I know first hand how bullet proof they are. But having spent a little bit of time with the petter now I've grown to like it, it's very easy to work on and theres certainly no concern about its historical importance, to me the time it spent pioneering in the retail coal trade was just as important as its work on regular carrying. It certainly has more historic relevance than a HR2 or the like.
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    Petter PJ3W

    Hi all, We're just about to lift the poorly Petter PJ3W out of tadworth for an overhaul. You can hear the engine here: It sounds more like a bolinder running flat out! The engine was originally cooled by a pipe running round the outside of the swim, however when this failed it was converted to raw water cooling by the addition of a bit of garden hose out the engine ole doors! I was wondering if anyone has any experience of these engines and specifically how they are cooled? I'd ideally like to fit a raw water cooled heat exchanger to cool the coolant. Was this an option on the marine PJ engines? Also, does anyone know any other boats fitted with a PJ3? I think Banstead has a air cooled PJ3? Cheers, Andrew
  9. Same view from a couple of months ago, you'd never know what used to be there!
  10. Brilliant, thanks for the pictures. Is the second one a reversed image? The side with the slide removed appears to be on the other side to how it is now? Also the remains of the air cooling vent have now been well hidden, did she have a air cooled petter under waterways? Jules has mentioned you in relation to tadworth lots. It would be great to meet you one day, you'll have to come out and have a look once all the work is done and shes back in the water!
  11. I wasn't intending to rewrite any history, as I said in my original post they are only gestestimates based on pictures and post from the internet. I know it was sometime In the early seventies, perhaps circa 1970 was a poor choice of words. If you want to write any history it must be based on actual facts not posts on internet forums.
  12. If I recall correctly from the last time it was posted Tadpole had just towed Bakewell up to Braunston as UCC had just brought it from the same tender list. Tadpole was on the way up to Atherston to start working again. Yup I've PMed him and am looking forward to hearing from him. There are certainly worse boats out there, I'd struggle to describe her as "not that bad" I managed to poke a hole though the bottom by gently rubbing it with some toilet paper, and there is daylight under the counter and fiberglass blocking up holes in the swim, she is definitely ready for some work.
  13. It was in this bit of video at about 3:40: Maybe they took tadpole up to Cowley lock with a smarter butty just for the film? Or maybe it was a change boat? Shes certainly well turned out especially if she wasn't a permanent home.
  14. Hi all, I'm trying to build up the history of large Northwich Tadworth which, in partnership with Jules Fuels, I have just brought. We picked her up last weekend from South of Milton Keynes and brought her up to get lifted out for some fairly urgent hull work. The long term plan is to restore her and have her working along side Towcester and Bideford and the rest of the jules fuels fleet on the grand union. She is in wonderfully original condition, still retaining her Yarwoods steel cabin. Unfortunately the originality also means shes also completely knackered but over the next couple of years we'll hopefully complete a sympathetic restoration retaining as much originality as possible. I've love to hear from anyone with any information and pictures from her past, so far from digging through the forum I've started to build a bit of a time line: 1937 - Built, Registered and Gauged 1960s - Paired with Bakewell working on the barrels 1963 - Paired with Berkhamsted (BBC's "look af life" program) Circa 1970 - brought from Waterways by Dave Warren. Towed Bakewell to Braunston for UCC before going to Atherston to load. 1970s - worked for Ashby Canal Carriers doing various jobs including carrying coal down the Oxford and T&M during winter. Working as a camper during the summer. 1990s - paired with Argo working for Argo Canal services on domestic fuel trade (reputed to be the first boat to carry a diesel tank for domestic sale) 2000s - Brought by previous owner Richard 2019 - Brought by myself and jules fuels for use as a domestic fuel boat. I've attached a couple of pictures from last weekend. Cheers, Andrew
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  17. That's rubbish, they might not be the most out going people on the cut but they are certainly one of the nicest couples about. Corona couldn't have gone to a better home and it will be very well looked after.
  18. If you fancy helping with working boats the Narrow Boat Trust are always looking for volunteers, no experience required! http://www.narrowboattrust.org.uk/index.shtml https://www.facebook.com/TheNarrowBoatTrust/?fref=ts
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