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NB Esk

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NB Esk last won the day on March 2 2019

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    Narrowboating, especially the self-build side of it. Mechanic by profession, I am currently restoring a vintage 2cyl Dorman diesel, which will ultimately power my NB.
    Currently building my own narrow tug shell (started in 2007 & still not finished).
    Interested in industrial archeology, especially coal mining.

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    MOT tester/ motor engineer, oh, and now retired.
  • Boat Name
    narrowboat ESK...same but different. Ex Tom pudding tug HATFIELD

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  1. As an aside, I had a friend who was the engineer who fitted the engine into the Waverley. A Scotsman by the name of James Webster. Long gone now but I believe he said it was around the end of WW2.
  2. Ta! Reading it again, might look like I was having a moan, wasn't really, just seemed like everything was going wrong on one little job. When the wet paint one fell, it did of course land "jam side down" 😂
  3. Spruced up a pair of old life rings to finish of the recent re-paint of HATFIELD. Looks straight forward but it's stretched my patience, first off, during the painting one of them fell down and got covered in sawdust, while the paint was still wet. Then it was a struggle to get the lettering on, trying to apply a sticker to a curved surface doesn't work, had to end up cutting into individual letters and making a curved template but worked in the end. Finally, ordered some new 8mm man made hemp rope and they sent 10mm, so had all the holes to drill, at least nowt much more could have gone wrong. All worth it though, pleased with the results.....
  4. Don't about the lock but I can see the Beatles, crossing the road.
  5. This is the reason some streams in mining areas are orange, due to ockerwatter. Iron ore deposits resulting in water stained by ochre. This is a disused mine I explored c1981.
  6. Really good list, thanks for posting it. Tested it by looking up several of what I thought were obscure terms, sure enough they were all in there. Added to my favourites.
  7. NB Esk

    Steam box

    You could try making your own small scale steamer by wrapping wet rags around the plank and then 'ironing' with an old electric iron.
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  12. You think he was speeding on the wash cycle.......wait 'till he hangs it out to dry...
  13. I knew he was going to tie a noose as soon as he folded those first loops. By rights he should have ended up with thirteen coils though. Wether this was where thirteen became 'unlucky for some ' I have no idea.
  14. Fitted my third last week. First did around six years but the second no more than two. (Both stripped gears). Contacted Whale asking for a parts list/diagram, didn't expect to receive one and I wasn't disappointed. Such a difference in durability suggests either poor quality control or deliberate weakening to ensure premature failure. Can anyone recommend a durable alternative?
  15. Sounds good, any chance of some photos? Also, what are the "new rod shims"? Thrust shims?
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