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Captain Pegg

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Captain Pegg last won the day on December 15 2016

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  1. Captain Pegg


    It was having a makeover when I passed a few weeks ago and it's now called The Waterside. It is apparently a Greene King carvery which probably still doesn't appeal much to you. Even as a meat eater I doubt I shall ever be making an effort to stop there either. JP ETA - turns out that Hungry Horse is a Greene King brand anyway so it hasn't changed ownership.
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    Why does there need to be logic? Different unit systems are just different ways of using numbers and symbols to describe the very same thing. In language there is almost never an instance where two people would use the exact same words to describe the same thing so why should there be so in Mathematics? It's just the language of numbers and equations rather than letters and words. That 1,000 metre long tunnel is 1,094 yards and the 70ft boat is 21.34 metres. You will find both systems used on the canal and in pretty much every walk of life. It isn't a fundamental issue. I will though concede that consistency is useful for the hard of thinking. JP
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    I do like the way you say "approx" and then give an answer with 0.2% tolerance. But hardly anyone will notice because 58% of the population don't understand statistics anyway. Wasn't the norm somewhere in the order of 50 tons for a pair; weighted in favour of the butty? Maybe by as much as 52% to 48% i.e. a huge imbalance. Assuming your measure is in imperial tons (which is the same as a US long ton) the metric equivalent would be 63.25 tonnes or 69.75 US (short) tons. All quoted to the nearest quarter ton(ne). I suspect someone on the forum knows what present day coal boats can carry on their particular routes and it's presumably somewhat less than in the days of regular carrying. JP
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    Canal genealogy help

    In the absence of anyone who has better information than me I can confirm that I can't find anything to answer the question but are you aware that Susannah Bates was the sister of Samuel Barlow? That may be a clue as to where to look if you haven't yet done that. JP
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    2018 photo competition results

    No worries, my fault for not reading it properly.
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    2018 photo competition results

    Indeed, thanks to Martin and the folks who took the trouble to post an entry and those who voted. Hugely underwhelming that a bit of light relief involving waterways and boats can only generate 38 votes over the course of a week while the forum is full of navel gazing about the rules and the never ending but utterly pointless discussions on Brexit. For the technical folk my photo was taken on an iPhone SE, using the 'Camera' app on 'PHOTO' setting. Those who voted for me doubtless noted a degree of composition and good lighting and hopefully didn't notice the dubious focus and depth of field. The boat is my own and just in case anyone didn't recognise it the location is Hawkesbury Junction (Sutton Stop to the locals). If I had realised Martin would use the submitted details I would have thought about it a bit more! So, @rgreg and @Dr Bob, did you vote for yourself? I didn't. Sporting, but in hindsight self defeating. JP
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    Read the rules

    I see the mods are keeping a close eye on this thread; no less than four spotted just now. Perhaps one of them can do the honourable thing and move this shit out of the Boating section seeing as one of them saw fit to move a thread on homeless folk living on the banks to the Virtual Pub. JP
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    Dr Bobs new paint job.

    It's St Mary and All Saints, Kidderminster.
  9. Not sure I would worry about that. Steel from 1887 would probably have similar corrosion properties to wrought iron. Early Bessemer steels were close in chemical composition to wrought iron as the processes for making both required almost full decarburisation (removal of carbon). As steel making methods improved the levels of carbon increased and structurally there are benefits from steel over iron. Your 1930s steel will be softer and more coarsely grained than post war products which is probably why we get anecdotal evidence that it's easier to work with. As for the original question I would absolutely not deploy a semi-destructive test to a problem that only exists in theory and for which there are no specific symptoms. JP
  10. I think you were only person who got the point I was making. I’m too obtuse for the literal folks. A sphere is a polyhedron with an infinite number of faces. A circle is a polygon with an infinite number of sides. Similarly, a straight line is a curve of infinite radius. Pretty good basic mathematical models. JP
  11. No. It's pushing in all directions. So you need to divide by infinity not by two. Then you'll find that logically there's no pressure on any surface at all. I love bad Physics. You can prove anything you want. JP
  12. I will throw this into the mix. Taken a couple of weeks ago. I probably don’t need to say where.
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    River Severn locks in winter

    I went through the barge lock in Droitwich yesterday. Water levels are very low in the local rivers currently. Easy to open all four gates. Not to be advised if single handed; you will get stranded. In response to the above post the reason for the gates being kept closed rather than being left open is to separate the salt water in the river from the fresh(er) water in the canal.
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    Canal Boatmen 1st World War

    Another possible new addition to the list. Charles Hoare, son of Charles Hoare and Sarah Ann Neal. Died 4 May 1918 in France at the age of 19. Born in Banbury (parents address listed as 8 Lower Cherwell Street on baptism record) to a working boat family. They were recorded in the 1901 census at Shackerstone and in the 1911 census working horseboats Victory and Dart at Cropredy engaged in the carriage of stone. Charles Hoare was a cousin of David Neal and David Garrett referenced in my list above. JP
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    Boatmen commemorated

    There is a thread in the History & Heritage section on canal boatman who served in WW1. The discussion stemmed from Lorna York's research and as of April this year she had established 62 canal boatmen who gave service. While I recognise that there are a lot more watermen who will have served than canal horse-boatmen the actual population of itinerant boat families was probably only ever a very small percentage of the overall workforce. They just happen to be the most romanticised and the ones who are most remembered. The use of the term itinerant is also misleading since many of these families had houses or access to houses through close relatives. Whether or not they actually lived in a particular property it seems for the purposes of official records most long distance boaters appear to have had an address. Therefore I do wonder if the notion of thousands of uncommemorated boatmen presented in the linked article above actually has a basis in fact. If it does the appropriate commemoration would be to establish who they are as best as can be done and dedicate a memorial. There is important difference between celebrating the role of boatmen in the wars and of commemorating the sacrifice that some of them made. JP

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