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Captain Pegg last won the day on December 15 2016

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  1. Although it says overnight closures Spon Lane locks appear to be simply locked out of use. That was certainly the case at mid-day today. On the subject of Atlas & Malus I bumped into one their usual Challenge crew yesterday and he was oblivious to the fact they haven’t been entered. He resolved to go and enquire so hopefully there will be movement on that front now. JP
  2. Wear a head torch in a tunnel. You’ll find all sorts of ancient and modern features and markings. In Netherton you can find the locations of five pairs of horse passing places, something like 13 air shafts of which at least a third are now infilled, and the imperial chainage markers. You can also read all the survey marks for repair works that show where the invert has been replaced and where it has been strutted plus all the various re-pointing, anchoring and re-lining works that go on. You’ll get a feel for what it takes to keep such artefacts available for our use. It isn’t trivial. JP
  3. Just so happens I’m in the middle of the Birmingham to Stourton leg of a truncated Stourport Ring (one that involves Droitwich and not Worcester). If time permits it’s a good route to access the Staffs & Worcs and then head north. Delph, Stourbridge and Bratch are worth doing. Today I’ve done Birmingham city centre to Hawne via a trip to the end of the Engine arm and a lunch time stop at the BCLM with a sneaky trip into the Bottle & Glass. Tomorrow it’s on to Stourbridge. As much as I like the BCN it’s definitely a place to think about where you are going to moor before you set off. JP
  4. Yes, and I’m sure he did. That’s a staged picture and maybe the camera lens wasn’t a wide enough angle to capture him on the step. Of course he didn’t steer a motor as a professional boater anyway. JP
  5. No, but then again none of her non-boating neighbours around Sutton Stop would have said “Chimnay” either. Very heavy short vowel sounds is a defining feature of the local accent. I’d need to be convinced that all boaters spoke with the same dialect. A lot of conventional wisdom around boating history is based on a relatively small sample of folks that have their origins in the OC/GJC owner boaters. To my ear the dialect was a conglomeration of Midlands accents which generally survive in their rightful homes. Grantham’s Bridge is a made up name - done as a test and chosen because it’s offline I seem to recall - and the fact you need to use the correct name of the place - or a derivative thereof - to be understood by a boater illustrates the potential pitfalls of trying to backfit history. JP
  6. Agreed. And in any case dialects are spoken rather than written. When you consider how acutely aware boating families were of the differences between them and the majority of society - and the shame they felt over things like literacy as a result - I very much doubt a boat person would knowingly have spelled a word incorrectly. JP
  7. That adds to the theory of the ease of connection. In the system you describe your friend having what dampens the vibration of the upright arm? Presumably just the bearing. It sounds like a very lightweight system. Whether the tiller is a C shape or a an S shape both have a big heavy annulus formed on the end to connect it to the rudder stock which is probably effective in damping vibration. A nice big brass tube on the other end probably helps too and in that context maybe the additional length does help. JP
  8. I was literally studying this while manoeuvring Vulpes this afternoon; the pontoon’s at Netherwich basin now bear testament to this. As carlt says it’s not about mechanical advantage. What struck me was the joint at the tiller hinge. I wondered if the origins of the tiller shape lay in the ability to make a mechanically sound and reliable joint between rudder and tiller. This is far more easily achieved if the tiller and rudder post are perpendicular at the join. If the tiller post was vertical (and the tiller an inverted L shape) then there would need to be an in-line joint between tiller and rudder post. Even in the picture of the Royalty class above the style of joint is common. Of course the tiller doesn’t have to be a Z shape but that may just have been aesthetics or perhaps just because it’s probably easier to put abrupt bends in the metal than gently curve it. I like the idea of the outer bend of the tiller signifying the extent of the rudder or maybe some other feature. May not be correct but a nice idea all the same. JP
  9. Why don’t they just enter Brighton? Lightweights.
  10. Richard, Is that Corolla as in GUCCC no. 31? It’s noticeable that the number of historic boats taking part has diminished even in the few years I have been taking part. It would be good to try and understand why that is and what might encourage them to return. I know Atlas & Malus aren’t in the entry list because their manager isn’t available. It might be worth encouraging the BCNS to see if they have anyone else who could take command of the boats for the event. I can think of some candidates. They don’t have to go all out for 24 hours of extreme boating. Most important thing is that the Society get their own boats into central Birmingham for the culmination of their own event. JP
  11. I’m more interested in saving work for myself than creating it for others so those are just the circumstances when I think it’s OK for me to leave a gate open. I don’t consider it my place to be too concerned about what other folk are specifically doing if their boat is in a position where it should only be immediately prior to using a lock. Different people have different priorities. JP
  12. Everyone here is unique and has their own views. That’s precisely the issue you can’t grasp. JP
  13. I don’t. Your comment was out of order. Since you evidently don’t do self moderation - you railing against the members is a consistent theme - then you give the mods little choice. it wouldn’t hurt to change your approach, my guess is you’d get more recognition for the helpful stuff you post if you did. JP
  14. I think you’ve just demonstrated that while Athy may be right about “most people” and “secretary” they still may not quite be on the same wavelength as he’s on. 😂
  15. There’s no need to make assumptions. A boat with a centre or back end line round a bollard or through a ring on a lock landing is waiting to use the lock. Doesn’t matter if you can’t see the crew, they could be single handed and using the opportunity to make a brew or dispose of the one they made earlier. A boat that is fully moored with two lines shouldn’t be on a lock landing and isn’t waiting to use the lock. I think it’s a bit churlish to close a gate on a boat you genuinely believe is wanting to use the lock just because they didn’t do something that ultimately isn’t theirs to do (and I do agree that it is sometimes annoying when folk clearly have the means and opportunity to help). Nonetheless @Boater Sam‘s response doesn’t seem rational to me so maybe he’d like to clarify what forgetting his manner’s literally means? JP
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