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Derek R.

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Derek R. last won the day on October 5 2017

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  1. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Izal - "Now wash and re-use" . . . or something like that. Could cut yourself on that stuff. Divergence you see . . .
  2. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Quite so. It's in the nature of things, and broadens the information scope. Quite so. It's in the nature of things, and broadens the information scope. There's an echo in here . . . connectivity issues!
  3. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    That was it! - I'd read it recently but couldn't remember where. With other letters representing different things(?) it sort of blows the Production idea a bit sideways. Stationary might fit, or they may refer to something on a drawing board. Veering off topic a bit.
  4. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    Regarding Lister engines, if JP stood for Joint Production, as in Lister and Blackstone(?), what does JS stand for?
  5. Derek R.

    Willow Wren Wooden Top

    Looks like a bit of Ex-Army Olive drab Alan!! I painted a VW camper van with Keeps paint back in the early seventies - brushed it on too. Lovely finish. Tekaloid is good. Are they still going? I remember Woolworths being rated quite high too.
  6. Derek R.

    Alan H. Faulkner

    As Alan says - we'll all be gone, ex-professionals and amateurs like myself alike, and if the forum archive disappears so too will the comments and experiences herein. The "cloud" can be dispersed, paper records burnt, electronic devices fail, which leaves word of mouth gleaned from personal memories of those who were there. Like life, some events in history are cast in stone, others but a flicker of a flame, and some never see the light of day. Nonetheless, books are a form of salvation for the knowledge starved - assuming they are hungry enough, and the books continue to exist.
  7. Derek R.

    Google Earth Canal & River Map.

    Old maps show some trace near Pont-y-Cob: https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=16&lat=51.6500&lon=-4.0564&layers=6&b=1 - and a little further West: Trace the railway to the tin plate works. https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=18&lat=51.6451&lon=-4.0832&layers=168&b=1
  8. Derek R.

    Alan H. Faulkner

    Condolences to family and friends. His books will live on for generations to come.
  9. Derek R.

    Spiral spin

    Let's get our definitions established. If we are speaking of a right hand blade, I would say it rotates to the right when viewed from behind - a blade rotating in a clockwise direction and visa versa for a LH blade. What affects whether it be R or L depends on both crankshaft rotation and any gear driven reduction box, which will reverse the crankshaft rotation and define a R or L hand blade. TYCHO's Petter rotated right hand when viewed from behind (gearbox end), but had a 3:1 gear driven reduction that demanded a left hand blade, and I believe most working narrow boats had reduction boxes so the same will apply if the crank rotated in the same way. Had there been no reduction box, then clearly it would have needed a R hand blade. All this is reversed if looking from the front of course! As to spirals, I fancy (and with no appreciable knowledge of same) that it may have been the easiest way for a right handed painter - or a left handed painter - to paint? And as the majority of folk are right handed, which way would you naturally mark up a shaft or ram's head without concious knowledge of which way the blade turned? The idea of it representing the blade rotation is an interesting one nonetheless. But one done in hindsight - or foresight? Deliberate - or accidental?
  10. Derek R.

    Horse boating

    There's a short BFI clip of Jack Roberts with 'Sally' towing and talking briefly about the wooden trip boat IONA: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-canal-bargee-1966-online Another excellent amateur cine film here. Along the Staffs and Worcs in 1959. A Western Region day boat is horse drawn, and Cahrlie Atkins appears with what is probably MENDIP. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-canal-holiday-1959-online
  11. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    If I mentioned it to my Missus she'd be plotting to see what we could sell to make the asking! Just a small lottery win would do . . .
  12. Derek R.

    Yarwoods Cabin Porthole

    Hmm. I cannot vouch for these being original Yarwoods portholes, as I wasn't around when they were fitted, and I have never measured them but 8" id seems about right. Thos ebay ports look suspiciously like contemporary items. Two types fitted. The cabin has round headed screws as did the deck light (which was bronze with a deep raised section for the bulls-eye glass - a swine to polish!), and the engine 'ole ports had countersunk screws with nuts inside. The glass was removeable (in theory) by unscrewing the external ring. Someone must have had a go at doing that judging from the gouges in the flush ring as fittie has just described and shown.
  13. Derek R.

    Waterways signs I hope we keep.

    One deceased: (by the weir in Aylesbury basin) One extant (as far as I know. Not really a sign though, but supplies information. Wey Navigation):
  14. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    If it's not an essential commodity, then prices will always be what someone thinks an item is worth, and how much someone else wants it - or how much their head will rule their heart or vice-versa.
  15. Derek R.

    Historic Boats for sale online

    It's a change from the usual top drawer carpentry, and some 'interesting' features. I like the simplicity, and the fact that the sheathing is exposed to view and scrutiny in places. Like the 'Jerry' can header for the bath! But not to many peoples tastes I fear - nor is the asking price for a wooden motor with isolated access from front to rear. But it does have a raw attractiveness.

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