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  1. The "pusher tug" will be taking "his" historic narrow boat captain on the Sunday.
  2. @handbar Welcome to the forum. These sites may help: http://www.spellweaver-online.co.uk/ https://www.familytreeforum.com/content.php/325-Canals-and-Waterways https://www.canalmuseum.org.uk/collection/family-history.htm https://theboatinggenealogists.com/ https://www.findmypast.co.uk/?ds_kid=43700028815663246&msclkid=68baa09e348a1985ec71fdc610025828&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand - Prospecting&utm_term=findmypast&utm_content=ST_Exact_findmypast&ds_rl=1272596&gclid=CNqFyZ6jiuQCFQhgGwodbdANuA&gclsrc=ds https://www.ancestry.co.uk/ https://home.rootsweb.com/ Mrs T and myself traced the ancestry of one boating family we know, back 10 generations, 5 of which were connected with the English canals. I'm afraid it is hard going needing much research, not a 5 minute job. Often Birth, Marriage, Death certificates are needed, copies of these cost in the region of £9.00 a certificate. As many of the boat people were illiterate the spelling of a sir name can vary. "Who do you think you are?" makes it look all too easy. There are a couple of ladies on this forum who specialise in UK canal family history, they pop in from time to time. Best of luck!
  3. PRESS RELEASE Issued 16 August 2019 The Canal & River Trust charity, which manages the Toddbrook Reservoir as part of its 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, this week took over responsibility for the reservoir site around the damaged dam from the emergency services. In conjunction with its contractor Kier, work continues on the reservoir, near Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, as experts carry out a full inspection and prepare plans for repairing the dam. Water levels are being continuously monitored with pumps in place to keep the reservoir near empty by removing any rainwater that falls. Over the next couple of months the low water levels will gradually be reduced even further allowing most of the estimated 30,000 fish present (about 5,000kg) to be removed. Rob Jowitt will be managing the repair project for the Canal & River Trust. He added: “Moving on from the emergency response, our job is to find out what went wrong and prepare a detailed plan for repairing the damaged dam wall. It is a huge job which is likely to take some time. “As the emergency services leave the site, we want to assure the local community that the reservoir is safe and the dam wall is secure. Local people have been amazing during the emergency and we want to keep them to be up to date and part of the project moving forwards. “As soon as we have a detailed design plan, we will be sharing it with everyone and inviting people on site to special open days to see what is being done.” An initial fish rescue has taken place and a second major phase will take place in mid-October when the weather is cooler and better for the health of the fish. Coarse fish, such as bream, roach, perch and pike, have been captured in large nets by the Trust’s fish specialists and then transported to another Trust reservoir, Upper Bittell Reservoir, near Birmingham. Upper Bittell Reservoir, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), like Toddbrook, was drained and then refilled after maintenance works two years ago and is in a good position to re-home large numbers of fish. Paul Breslin, fisheries officer with the Canal & River Trust, said: “We want to save as many fish as we possibly can. We have installed aeration pumps to provide the fish with extra oxygen in the water. The middle of summer is not an ideal time to move fish, as they can get distressed by the heat, but we are working hard to do our very best for the wildlife caught up in this emergency.” About the emergency More than 1,500 residents of Whaley Bridge were evacuated from their homes on Thursday 1 August for six nights after the Toddbrook Dam threatened to breach after a period of excessive rainfall. A major, round-the-clock response from the emergency services, including Derbyshire Fire & Rescue, Derbyshire Police and the Environment Agency, working with the Trust, managed to avert disaster and stabilise the dam wall. Residents were allowed back into their homes on Wednesday 7 August. The Trust is posting regular updates at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/news/toddbrook-reservoir-update ENDS For further media requests please contact: Helen Hall, m 077177 760284 e [email protected] NW Communications Managers, Canal & River Trust
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  5. Get a "cracking whip" good enough for horse boaters of yore
  6. Not "our" Tree Monkey but one of the breed, in its natural habitat.
  7. Further to my faux pas with boat names I have been passed these photo's of the attempt to raise Umbriel, which were ultimately unsuccessful. Photo credit:- joddy.
  8. Nothing in The Rugby Advertiser. https://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news
  9. Z is for stripey 'os. Dave Moore will understand this.
  10. It was vandalised by fire many moons ago now and broken up.
  11. Make haste slowly. Or could be translated as “More haste less speed.”
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