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Pluto last won the day on July 12 2011

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    European inland waterway history, including the transfer of technology during the early industrial revolution; wooden boat construction on inland waterways; the history of opening bridges; and the L&LC.

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  1. They had what you could call rubbing boards on the L&LC, illustrated here on Greenberfield top lock. They were used to keep the boats from rubbing directly onto the gate when entering or leaving a lock, and helped to preserve both mitre and quoin from damage.
  2. The slightly curved deck of the bridge would suggest to me that it was possibly a mid 19th century construction, post-dating the opening of the canal, if it is the GJC as suggested. There seems plenty of room for a wide boat and their cabins had, if I remember photos of them correctly, more tumblehome, even though they were the same height as those on a narrowboat. The pivot of the bridge is set back from the edge of the canal by a couple of feet, which should give enough clearance.
  3. Ah, but bell codes for a train include a light engine, ie an engine without a train.
  4. There used to be a maintenance yard, capable of producing gates and all the other ancillary items needed, at Bank Newton, but unfortunately for those inconvenienced today it closed many years ago. Gone are the days when a major breach could be repaired in a few weeks, as happened on the canal above Keighley Golf Club in 1952.
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  7. This is the real Dorothy Pax, in 1975 and 2004.
  8. It was Kennet, Pluto 'disappeared' about 35 years ago. I was not involved with the filming, so am uncertain about whether they want to advertise the new series.
  9. The Society has just completed the first stage in up-dating our website, which can now be found at https://www.leedsandliverpoolcanalsociety.co.uk. Although Covid has restricted what we have been able to do over the last 18 months, we have almost completed an update of the displays on Kennet, together with producing a short video. Last week, Kennet took part in filming for a tv programme, so we are getting some money coming in, though finance for the boat could be a problem when it comes to docking in a few years if we cannot open up safely and get a bit more of an income. There wi
  10. 1971 on Wolverhampton flight, with B&MCC's Pictor descending on the way to collect oil from Ellesmere Port, and Atilla ascending whilst returning from Huddersfield.
  11. You probably need this as a bit of background reading, from the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The author always reminds me of my deceased friend, Jaques de la Garde, who was a French canal enthusiast and industrial historian, who operated the first 'bateau mouche' in Paris after the war. His unfinished book on canals can be downloaded from http://www.voiesdeaudeurope.eu/lecture/tome-6/partie-1/ 1845 De La Garde, Exeter Canal.pdf
  12. Back around 1978, when I worked for Dorothea Restoration, this bridge was one of the jobs I worked on. This is it before it was moved, photo by Roger Lorenz.
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  14. 1995, and the 100th Birthday of the Dorfprozelten Schifferverein (Boatmen's Association), attended by many from other boating communities from around Germany, all with their flags, which are shown in the refreshment tent after the march through the village, accompanied by several brass bands. The first such association was, I think, established on the Mosel in the 13th century.
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