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Tam & Di

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Tam & Di last won the day on May 3 2016

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    France or Twickenham
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    The skills of boating, good food and wine. Boring people stupid talking about any of these.

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    examiner French & UK steerer's qualifications
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    predominantly France

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  1. Tam & Di

    Brexit 2019

    It's OK to write eu rather than EU if you really must, but what will you write for what used to be UK or GB when the kingdom is severely disunited and britain definitely no longer great if this mess still goes ahead? Perhaps le, for little englander?
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    Those are terrific photos Darren - are they yours? Di and I first became interested in Pocock some 20 odd years ago, and Di has delved into his history on and off since then. She’s now half way through a book about him due for publication in the Autumn, and if anyone has any information relating to the Pocock family in any way she would like to hear.
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    Pocock and subsequently Broad & Co. leased their lands from the Church Commissioners and the british-history.ac.uk link I gave earlier used Church Commissioners documentation as reference for putting Stockley Dock on the other side of the canal. From this they do appear to have got their wires crossed. Tam
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    Jam 'Ole Run

    Obviously some people do drive their boats at excessive speed, but if I ever had pins even loosened let alone pulled out my first thoughts would be that I had not moored adequately and do something to prevent it happening again. If it was somewhere with sandy soil it might be a problem, but the answer would still be down to me.
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    Pocock's Dock and Stockley Dock have become conflated here at some point. Pocock's land and arm in the Manor of Colham known as the West Drayton Field are where they are clearly marked and agreed in this thread. In 1884 Pocock sold his interest in West Drayton Field to Clement Burgess Broad of Paddington, hence its subsequent name as Broad's Dock. However Broad and Co. also owned land and an arm in the adjoining Manor of Hillingdon on the other side of the canal in Stockley, known as Stockley Dock. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol4/pp75-82#fnn86 Tam
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    To throw another snippet in, George Beauchamp told us that FMC's experimental wideboat "Pioneer" was sunk in the Yeading Arm. This was the New West End Brick Co's dock just beyond the Willow Tree Arm on the Paddington Arm I believe that each arm was dug by the owners of the gravel/brick clay deposits at that site, so the craft would mostly be those belonging to that company. I understood Pioneer to have been built with the same purpose as GUCCC's Progress to work London-Birmingham, but I guess when (as with Progress) that proved impractical it might have been used in the London brick trade. Tam
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    Jam 'Ole Run

    I found it interesting looking back at some of the old stuff. I'd not seen the 1995 Jam 'ole film before. We'd taken our beurtschip Friesland to France just before that, but it brought back memories seeing our bantam and other boats outside the Toll House at Bulls Bridge. When we were running grain from Tilbury to Weybrige there was never any question that we'd turn the motors off in Thames locks. Nor when we were delivering their winter supplies of coal to all the lock-keepers, other than when we were actually off loading it (but that was back in the 70s too). Tam
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    Well I did say it was sunk when we bought it, didn't I. It never did get to look super smart, but we did cruise most everywhere a 12'6" wide boat could reach from there, other than the Thames downstream of Regents Canal Dock.
  9. Tam & Di

    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    Hi John, I've sent you a private mail. George Beauchamp (Beecham??) lived along there too. When we got to know him in 1960/61 he was off the boats and known as "George the Crane" - crane driver on the Cowley Peachey dredging tip. It was George who dissuaded us from buying a rather decrepit maintenance boat there and pointed us to the ex-GUCCC wideboat Progress instead. OK, it was sunk, but hey ho ...... I agree with you that the photos are brilliant. That's a serious chunk of tow line on the counter of Fastnet in the photo there isn't it! Tam
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    Canal carriers working in the brickfields.

    That NLS Map link is amazing. When we first came onto the canal about 1960 most of the little arms and basins in the Hayes/Yiewsley area were still extant, but I'd forgotten quite how many there were.
  11. Tam & Di

    The Clyde Puffer

    I'd fully endorse that. VIC is the last puffer still running under steam, though Vital Spark is now currently being restored to join it. It includes a short trip on VIC32, owned by Nick Walker and Rachel who used to live on converted narrowboat "Themis". They bought VIC32 in derelict condition in 1975 and now operate it as a passengerboat on the Caledoniam canal and associated lochs. You can book onto it at http://savethepuffer.co.uk/history-of-vic-32/ - you even get to shovel coal (don't know if that is a pro or a con!) Tam
  12. Tam & Di

    Do you have a boating knife?

    Exactly so - I've never had a jammed line, but I have seen someone else's line break and the whiplash was quite frightening - certainly enough to detach any body parts that might get in the way. I also had a colleague moored on a river in flood who was forced to cut a line to free himself from another boat. He used his axe (mandatory wheelhouse equipment on a large vessel). It was pretty sharp and the line parted instantly although he hit it where it was unsupported. I'd always been rather dubious myself to that point.
  13. Tam & Di

    Do you have a boating knife?

    Not exactly, but running back down empty to Brentford early 70s we had a small group of kids throw stones of appreciable size at us as we came to a lock. I leapt off, having already got the windlass to hand for lifting the paddles. I chased them and hit the one at the back on the upper arm with it as a way of bringing him to a halt. Then felt rather guilty as he was the feeble one and the real villainous ones had scarpered. Just kicked him in the arse and told him to bugger off and not do anything like that again. Possibly even my shoe came within the 1953 Act on that basis. 😀 Tam
  14. Tam & Di

    Bring Back Mike the Boilerman.

    It's a bit late to comment on this summary now as Daniel has tried to sort things, but I think Mike was unjustly awarded warning points. The Mod did later explain these were given in error, but there was no particular apology for it at that time - only the explanation. Only later did Daniel enter the fray and make a clear abject apology, but that time Mike was (as far as one knows) no longer looking in at CWDF any more. (I've no idea what persuaded me to read so much of this thread - I've obviously not got anything important to do)
  15. Tam & Di

    Information on history of Guppyanna

    It just came back to me that the pointy bow thing was called a Jebus, so I looked at Google and there was reference to this old thread on CWDF:

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