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Captain Pegg

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  1. I never referred to the measurement to the top of an arch, particularly as I doubt that’s what any published CRT dimensions use as a point of measurement. My reference was intended to be to the obligation on CRT to maintain waterways fit for passage of craft that fit within a set of dimensions for the waterway in question. JP
  2. That’s a blast from the past for me. Professor Balmforth was the head of the School of Engineering at Sheffield City Polytechnic/Hallam University when I was an undergraduate. Was a political animal, never had the pleasure of being taught by him. In fact I’m not sure in three years I ever saw him. JP
  3. I’ve resurrected this thread to post the link below which is to an article that gives the history of the house at Napton Junction. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/564a5d6be4b0da3c3b0864c4/t/565f77eee4b052d551489625/1449097198382/Wigrams+History.pdf I suspect some members may have seen the article before but my memory was jogged this morning by my own family research that revealed the fate of the son of Alfred Charles and Gertrude Neal who lived in the house through the 1920s and 30s and are referenced in the article. (Alfred) Bernard Neal unfortunately met his death aged just 21 when the Free French Navy ship Mimosa was sunk by U-boat U-124 while escorting an Atlantic convoy during the early hours of 9th June 1942. He was resident in the junction house at the outbreak of WWII. The article reveals that as well as being a canal company employee Alfred Charles Neal was at one time the landlord of the Bridge Inn, Napton. JP
  4. Spelling is correct. There’s presumably a third boat somewhere too. JP
  5. I think we should reflect that this is a reproduction of an approximately 70 year old image captured by the technology of the time. It isn’t an absolute representation of reality - no photograph ever is - and there is almost certainly no means by which the boats can ever be absolutely identified. That’s not to say they won’t ultimately be identified on balance of probability. There is insufficient accuracy to be certain of things like the height of the slide or the spacing between signwritten letters. As far as the latter goes the item onto which those letters are painted is unlikely to be absolutely straight as it will be distorted around the internal framing. That’s the likely reason the letter(s) between the ER and S that may be discernible are not as legible. From what has been observed by contributors so far I would suggest the most likely evidence is that the motor is in GU wartime livery, bears BRITISH WATERWAYS markings and is crewed by a family consisting of father, mother, daughter and son. JP
  6. I’m not going to rise to it 😛 They arguably dressed more sensibly for the job than traditional boat women. I think in many of today’s workplaces there are less obvious distinctions between male and female staff. Today’s society doesn’t view that in the same way as in the 1940s. The person on the butty seems to be looking in the direction of the photographer. JP
  7. It’s definitely Gimson’s yard in the original because it says so in big letters on the side of the shed. I took the person stood on the gunwale of the motor to be one of the boat crew and it isn’t obvious to me that it’s a man. JP
  8. Surely it needs a marina? As I said earlier I don’t think you really understand your own argument. Either that or it shifts as it gets unpicked. JP
  9. Nothing to prove. I understand the situation and while I can see it’s unfortunate if you don’t ever leave a marina it’s not unlawful. You still ask questions that have been answered at length but to which you have claimed you don’t have the capacity to read the full answers. That’s your problem. Or he could just demonstrate his point with an excerpt from the NAA and a excerpt from a statute that he believes to be contradictory. JP
  10. Show us a clause in the NAA and a clause in a statute that are contradictory. JP
  11. The folks in the photo then are likely to be the Sephton family and possibly some of the Simpson’s who married into the Sephton family in two generations and who also had a family home at Tusses Bridge. Both were originally boating families, the former latterly becoming boat builders. JP
  12. I do wonder. Every time we seem to be getting to a point of understanding it suddenly backtracks to go back through the same arguments again.
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