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NB Esk

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NB Esk last won the day on March 2 2019

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    Wakefield , West Yorkshire.
  • Interests
    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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  • Occupation
    MOT tester/ motor engineer, oh, and now retired.
  • Boat Name
    narrowboat ESK...same but different. Ex Tom pudding tug HATFIELD
  • Boat Location
    Wakefield wharf

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  1. Kind of you to say.... I looked after between 90 to 100 items of plant, just me. Repaired everything from tracked excavators to compressed air demolition picks. Getting operators to report faults relied on assuming a modicum of intelligence, here's an example. Received an internal phone call from Huddersfield ICI fire brigade, one of " my " compressors had been on fire, could I get it sorted? On arrival I couldn't help noticing a mass of burnt and congealed rubber, at the side. This turned out to be an old sofa cushion that a labourer was using to make his dumper seat more comfortable. As it came on to rain, he'd put the cushion inside the compressor cowling, " to keep it dry ".
  2. In a previous life, as a contractors plant mechanic, I found the first thing to go missing on the fleet of road compressors, was the spade ignition key. The operators soon found out the engine dipstick doubled as a great ignition key. Then, when the switch no longer operated, due to the stresses put upon it, they found the same dipstick could be used jump straight across the solenoid terminals. Then, when the end of the dipstick finally burned away, too much oil was poured into the oil filler. Then.........
  3. Many years ago I used to explore abandoned mines and have actually been into the siphon chamber identified in the second part of the video. This was many years ago but things don't look to have changed much underground. The surface remains are even better in the video, as the vegetation was at its peak when I visited. A very interesting place.
  4. Really good video, thanks for posting. Those two adits actually merge into one, a short distance into the level, at a place called " waters meeting". There were 45 plus miles of underground canals in that system, serving a number of different collieries and were arranged on different levels which were accessed by inclined planes. There was even a completely landlocked boatyard, possibly in Walkden?, where starvationer boats were brought up to the surface via a drift from the workings below.
  5. A lot of people used to do this without really knowing why. The last time I came across it was 20 yrs ago when I recovered a Rolls Royce that had been driven through the back of a garage. The old fella must have got mixed up with his routine, which should have been something like enter garage, knock it in neutral, rev up, switch off and brake. Anyway, whatever went wrong the front end of the roller was stuck through the end of the garage. Funny thing was there'd been some shelves up above the window with tins of paint on, a couple of which had burst open and given the Spirit of Ecstasy a new look. Got some really odd looks as I drove round the Huddersfield ring road with that on the truck.
  6. Revving an engine just prior to switching off is a throwback to the "old" days of motoring. The theory being a quick blip of the throttle ensured the float chamber was as full of petrol as possible, thereby ensuring better restarting. It doesn't apply to modern engines and especially not turbocharged engines. The last thing needed is to set the turbo spinning just prior to starving its bearings of oil. Hope this helps.....
  7. A determined effort was made to re float this boat. CRT was aware of the plan but took no part in it. The biggest problem was the lack of access, a commercial tug couldn't reach the site due to the problems at Figure of 3 locks. The only option being to handball the necessary equipment about a quarter of a mile or more, along a muddy towpath. The equipment consisted of 4 x 2" pumps, 2 generators to power the pumps, tirfors, toe jacks, hoses, wood blocks etc. Work seemed to be going to plan with the pumps making good progress, however, when the bows were pushed back in, water gradually overwhelmed the pumps. It's thought a seam has possibly sprung, or an old engine vent was uncovered. The engine wasn't air cooled but it may have started out as air cooled. The pumps were high capacity commercial units.
  8. NB Esk

    BMC 1.5 Crankshaft Bolt

    Mmmm.... a knowledge of BMCs, as well as 50s / 60s vehicles and motor trade workarounds. Quite tetchy and curmudgeonly responses to some posts. I think we may have the true forum ID of "Tracy ". Welcome back Sam.....
  9. Another vote for Ray's transport and if the load does need an escort, they have their own.
  10. Hi, as I read it the OP's bowthruster is hydraulic.
  11. Another vote for a BS 5 overhaul. Thanks for posting......
  12. NB Esk

    Scout boat

    If a crane could access the site, there wouldn't be a problem getting slings under, or any need for jacking. The bow is safely on the hard so a sling could be passed under the counter, lifting the stern so a couple of timbers could be slid under the boat. What may be a consideration would be the size of crane, I seem to think the towpath is fairly wide at that point and there's also a wall at the beer garden, which may be a consideration for a safe working radius. I don't think the wall is too tall, so it might be possible for the operator to get his outriggers over it and onto the towpath.
  13. You manage to take the old adage "never look a gift horse in the mouth" to a whole new level. For a long standing member, I hope you're ashamed.....
  14. I'd also go for the Uxter plate, sometimes called the counter plate. It's the large flat plate at the stern immediately above the propellor. Usually has the weed hatch built into it. As Mike suggests, check with the surveyor.
  15. Up another inch at Wakey, crazy rainstorm along with thunder. So I'm listening to the "Proclaimers" Sunshine on Leith, feel better now....
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