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Derek R.

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  1. A curious load. It looks like round timber, with something else on the lockside with a tarp covering it. The hold 'look' like it has water in it. Offering the thought that rolling such a piece into the hold would act as a cushion if no lockside crane available. I wouldn't think this was a common practice.
  2. The bridge stonework says Northern waterways, which brings to mind the Shroppie, Macclesfield and Peak Forest. The angle of the photo and the lens focal point make further comparison difficult. The B & W looks to have a lesser distance between the bridge and the bottom gates, and the building in the colour image is either not there - or it's due to the angle and distance the shot has been taken from. I'm not convinced they are the same place. Is that a lock number on the balance beam - (1)? Doesn't look central enough somehow.
  3. The boat shouts Norfolk, the chap on the bank Scottish. No idea.
  4. Gladstone bags were popular with Doctors.
  5. Tettenhall. By pure coincidence, my wife brought home a book from the charity shop in which she works, that features the village (as was) of Tettenhall. Two images within show the Staffs and Worc. with boats, one without: From 'Tettenhall' by Jon Raven. Broadside publications ISBN 0 946757 08 9 A view with Compton lock in the background. Looking towards Aldersley, an 'Outing'. 1890's. At Newbridge.
  6. Two women, five children (two babes in arms) and Brindleys' tunnel ahead (if I am not mistaken). That's touching.
  7. Excellent coverage Steve, and clearly spoken! Thank you. Often glimped the cut from the M4, never explored.
  8. Some history here: https://www.rifleman.org.uk/Birmingham_Small_Arms_Co.html
  9. Correct. 57 Bottomside, 56 Topside.
  10. Winkwell Top, Middle, and Bottom. The New'uns - Apsley three and Nash two, replacing the old four locks at the foot of 'The Long Pound'. Court cases were brought by the mill owners for taking water from their mills. Good luck in finding any traces of it today, totally built over. As Bengo says, 'The Grand Junction Canal' by A. H. Faulkner, pages 76 on. Map on page 78. Never heard of 'Irishman's' or 'Parglena'.
  11. When leaving the L & L in Leeds, the first lock on the River had fixed windlasses. On the Rufford branch:
  12. Chester's Nothgate flight used to be a bit like that. Going down you'd open the bottom paddles, and it was a battle to get the lower gates open against the inflow from the leaky top gates.
  13. King's Cross Station has a history of flooding, mostly causes by the rising waters of the nearby River Fleet and after heavy rainfall. About an errant lock keeper causing such a flood, I know nothing. About the abandonment of the dualled locks, I would suggest the lack of traffic and maintenance costs would have been the predominant reason. As to water flow pushing boats one side or the other, this can occur if the paddles are drawn in such a way that the balance of flow can indeed put a boat against one wall or another. This can be seen very clearly when ascending Hatton or Knowle. Put a boat against a right hand wall, lift the right hand paddle more than the left, and the boat will stay against the right hand wall. I believe this was a design factor, or it may just have been coincidence.
  14. There's a few about. I'm told the hole was to secure with chain & padlock. This one's about 16 inches long.
  15. Brilliant! Pass the Hay incline most days. Thanks Steve.
  16. I remember Esme. I don't remember if he wore bicycle clips on the bottom of his trousers, or they were tucked into his socks, but he helped us down the Napton flight when YARMOUTH was spread a bit wider than some of the locks liked! The bottom lock or maybe it was the one above, was the tightest, YARMOUTH would NOT come out. But Esme knew what to do. With the bottom gates open, he repeatedly flushed water down from the pound behind, timing it perfectly such that the outgoing 'wave' when rebounding was met by another flush, each time increasing in size. YARMOUTH rose, and we shot out as if catapulted out - which we were. A cheery wave and Esme had disappeared, much the same way he appeared to begin with. That was in 1983.
  17. Some cracking shots on that Facebook page. Can't believe the amount of azolla growing. Combatting azolla: https://www.cabi.org/projects/azolla-control/
  18. Begging his pardon as I have forgotten whose image this is: Shades of fading yellow 'OXFORD No.1 with TYCHO behind.
  19. Impressive. I watched a video on 'SPARKY', a similar tug in use in NZ. Two and a half hours running time between charges which could be twice a day. Equal in power to a diesel tug of a similar size. 1400kW charge rate in just over one hour through glycol cooled cables. That's a lot of power from . . . ? Grids that are under strain from the current demand. All hail the electic tug. Fine if there's a close by hydro-electric power source. What is not mentioned, or even hinted at, are two important factors; fire risk from battery packs (witness the disastrous fires of electric powered vehicles from scooters to buses), and the issue of humanitarian disaster in the processes of mining the raw materials for battery manufacture. EV car sales have plummeted in recent months. Their resale value is rock bottom. The claims of cutting CO2 by xxk tonnes emitted suggests a pandering to the CO2 global warming concept. That is a scam. Silently (actually, it's not so quiet) through the Dudley tunnel in clean air is fine. But as in so many things - 'There's no free lunch'. Interesting that the Chinese tug was built prior to : - "The technical specifications and regulatory requirements for all-electric ships in China have not yet been clarified. The Ministry of Transport in China has set up a research group for the development and supervision of fully-electric ships. " Regulations? This is China . . .
  20. Try running one of these on batteries : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENHGo9vV6gg
  21. A very different animal! The variable pitch propeller system might not be well suited to canals with the degree of crud in the waters. Here are two videos of a Norwegian fishing boat/small cargo (ex- I suspect) having its 40hp Wichman (RUBB) semi diesel hot bulb started. The second shows the same boat being manoeuvred in the dock. The steerer barely touches the wheel, but uses the throttle and pitch control to move back and forth. You can tell the pitch control lever easily.
  22. The fuel tank on the wall at the back is for the Chinese diesel heater. The thin copper pipe feeds by gravity the red & black object which is the heater itself. Many may know, but these heaters are powered by 12V, draw air acoss a finned heated combustion chamber (fan driven) and the warmed air is exuded from the opposite end to intake. There are no exhaust fumes in the heated air. BUT, the air going into the combustion chamber within the finned casing (and which is primarily ignited by a glow plug) exhausts beneath the heater and MUST be fed to the outside of the boat shed/whatever. I don't see any exhaust outlet, though there may be something there, it's unclear. The black trunking could be exhaust lagging. They are good little heaters, and in a small space work well, noisy though.
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