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  1. Yes. It probably means there are some loose stones/bricks along the top edge of the lock chamber that need re-bedding.
  2. The obvious reason for counter bands using the same colours as the boat livery would be the economics of using the paints the company would have held in large stock rather than buying a small volume of another colour for the purpose. The colour wasn't the important issue, simply the contrast between the colours and also with the hull. They would mostly appear as different shades of grey in poor light which was the intent. Red and white were common colours used on the top bends of horse boats and may have transferred from there to counter bands, but it's ubiquity on modern boats is possibly a modern version of what is thought of as 'traditional' for counter bands, whether that's accurate or not.
  3. Forget tunnels and think about when it might be most advantageous for another boat to be able to see the rear of a boat ahead.
  4. I suspect the notion of 'tunnel' bands is likely modern terminology but the practice of using both light colours for visibility and contrasting lighter and darker colours to distinguish form in poor lighting conditions is well established in the decoration of both canal boats and infrastructure. Therefore I would have little doubt that the painting of the rear of the counter with different coloured bands is about visibility. Horse boats and later butty boats had large amounts of painted woodwork at their helms which demonstrated the above principles. The application of counter bands to motors is possibly compensation for losing this paintwork. Irrespective of the intricacy often displayed the root of boat decoration lies in practical requirements. Latterly BWB painted the bands to match fleet livery but it still adhered to the principles of a lighter and darker colour. I doubt anyone who really needed to identify a boat's ownership would use the counter bands for the purpose. There is so much else that is more definitive. I think it's often difficult for modern boaters to fully appreciate the conditions in which carrying craft operated in past times.
  5. Below is a list of stations that I have used in association with boating, together with the location of the boat at the time: Alvechurch – short walk to Alvechurch Marina (adjacent) Atherstone – short walk to town moorings below lock no. 5 Aylesbury – ¼ mile walk to basin Berkhamsted - 1 mile walk along towpath to/from Northchurch (although canal also runs adjacent to station) Birmingham New Street – ¾ mile walk to Sheepcote Street Visitor Moorings Bletchley – 1 mile walk from Fenny Stratford Long Term Moorings Ealing Broadway – E8 bus to Brentford Fenny Stratford – short walk to Fenny Long Term Moorings Hatton – 1 mile walk down towpath to Hatton Top Long Term Moorings Langley Green – ¼ mile walk to/from Titford Pumphouse Langley Mill – ¼ mile walk to Langley Mill Boatyard Lapworth – ½ mile walk to Kingswood basin Leamington – short walk from town moorings Long Buckby – 1 ½ mile walk to Buckby locks (without luggage)/bus to Buckby locks (with luggage) Long Buckby – taxi to Stowe Hill Loughborough – 1 mile walk from basin (although canal does go much closer) Northampton – lift from Stowe Hill Northampton – taxi to Stoke Bruerne Old Hill – 1 mile walk to Hawne Basin Rowley Regis – via a lift from Hawne Basin Rugby – bus to/from Braunston Rugby – 2 mile walk from Newbold (without luggage)/taxi to Newbold (with luggage) Rugeley Trent Valley – ½ mile walk from Bridge 67 Stourbridge Town – ¼ mile walk to/from Bonded Warehouse Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway – ¼ mile walk from Chaleybeate moorings Tipton – ½ mile walk to/from BCLM Trowbridge – taxi to/from Hilperton Marina Warwick – 1 mile walk from Saltisford Canal Trust Warwick Parkway – ½ mile walk from Saltisford Canal Trust Wilmcote – adjacent to Bridge 59 Worcester Foregate Street – ¼ mile walk to Lowesmoor Basin
  6. Obviously going north there’s Braunston - or Crick - but that got me thinking about south of Blisworth. Am I right in thinking that on the Grand Circle, Braunston is the next tunnel in both directions?
  7. And I’d think mooring above or below Falling Sands lock would be OK for the OP.
  8. Anything that acknowledges there were carrying boats before the GUCCCo and that Joe Skinner wasn't the only boatman is a step forward.
  9. Moor at Droitwich and catch a train to Kidderminster. OK that's a bit tongue in cheek but it's likely to be quicker and safer. I might suggest mooring south of Kidderminster the night before, move up to Kidderminster on the morning and head on to Wolverley at the end of the day.
  10. A boat that has featured many times in this thread seen this afternoon at Brentford. ETA - I should have downloaded a higher res version so it was clear that it's the (presumably former) Union Canal Cruisers boat Great Britain.
  11. Has anyone noticed that the change in bore size to the really small bit you encounter when heading toward Hawne basin doesn’t have an opposite equivalent in the other direction; the roof slopes relative to the canal.
  12. I don’t think there’s any real risk of not fitting through Gosty Hill Tunnel. It may be a very small bore but there are other spots that challenge it for air draught or water draught on the Dudley No 2. Plenty of large boats have made it to Hawne Basin.
  13. I meant that from the photo it looks deeper than 12mm but as suggested above it probably looks deeper than it is, made worse by the lighting in the photograph. Again as suggested above measure the depth. It may need some localised repair if particularly deep..
  14. Must admit that on first viewing it looked to me like it protruded into the boat. It's very odd, I think it would pay to have that area inspected from underneath when the boat is next out of the water. It seems to be deeper than the baseplate is thick or is that another optical illusion? Was something sat on that spot?
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