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  1. Many Stow Hill boats have very low freeboard and "tall" cabin sides.
  2. CRT PRESS RELEASE 21st June 2022 1,200 VISITORS SUPPORT CANAL CHARITY’S INAUGURAL ‘PRIDE AT STANDEDGE’ More than 1,200 visitors came along to support yesterday’s inaugural Standedge Pride event hosted by waterways and wellbeing charity, the Canal & River Trust. Britain's longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel and the adjoining visitor centre which is looked after by the Trust as part of a 2,000-mile network of canals and rivers in England and Wales, offered the picture-perfect backdrop for the family-friendly party. The event held 1-8pm on Sunday 19 June, featured a Drag DJ set by Gypsy Darling, a reading of ‘Rab and his Lucky Shell’ by Andrea Bowker. Stall holders included local LGBTQ+ organisations The Brunswick Centre. UNISON and West Yorkshire Police joined in the celebrations. Luke Clark from Canal & River Trust helped to organise and host the event. He said: “I’m hugely proud to have helped bring the first ever Pride event to Standedge. It’s been amazing to see so many people coming along to support and show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. People never thought they would see a Pride event in Marsden and have been full of thanks for putting this on and creating a safe, friendly space to celebrate and relax.” In 2022 the Trust is celebrating 21 years since the rebirth of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the grand reopening of Standedge Tunnel. Visitors can step on board a trip boats to explore deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside, find out more about the history of the tunnel in the Visitor Centre, enjoy a canalside stroll in stunning surroundings, and top it all off with tea and cake in the Watersedge Cafe. Canal & River Trust celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2022 and is asking people to #ActNowForCanals - to support their local waterway, from volunteering projects, citizen science surveys, to raising funds or clearing up litter. Every small action can make a huge difference www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/donate Ends For further media requests please contact: Naomi Roberts – naomi.roberts@canalrivertrust.org.uk / 07557 256482
  3. CRT PRESS RELEASE 23rd June 2022 RESERVOIR WORK AND DRY SPRING CAUSE WATER-SAVING CANAL CLOSURE The Canal & River Trust has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close locks, restricting navigation on the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals from 24 June as a combination of essential reservoir repairs and a dry spring have caused water supplies in the North West to drop to historically low levels. The Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals are usually supplied with water by four reservoirs. However, essential maintenance works at Bosley Reservoir over the winter requiring the reservoir to be drawn down, coupled with the on-going repair works at Toddbrook Reservoir, resulted in the main boating season starting with much less stored water than normal (see notes to editors). To enable navigation on the canals for as long as possible, the Trust introduced restricted use of the lock flights at the start of April, and volunteer lock keepers have been helping to manage boat traffic at lock flights to ensure water supplies are used as efficiently as possible. A dry spring, with March through to May only receiving 67% of the long-term average rainfall, means that the reservoirs which are still operational have not had a chance to refill. Unfortunately, this means that through navigation on the canals won’t be possible until water levels have recovered. The towpath will remain open and boaters will still be able to cruise the stretches between the closed locks. The Trust is continuing the ongoing water saving repair works to increase all available water flows into the canal network. While essential safety works were carried out at Bosley Reservoir the Trust took the opportunity to dredge and remove vegetation on all the feeders, increasing water flows and reducing losses. At Sutton Reservoir repair and improvement work is underway to improve control of feeds, allowing the Trust to maximise water flows, and dredging and vegetation clearance works have been completed. Repair works are being carried out at Combs Reservoir along the feeder channel, while at Marple Lock Flight recent works have been completed to dredge and reduce water losses. The Trust is also pumping water from Combs Reservoir via the River Goyt into the canal until the feeder is fully operational. Daniel Greenhalgh, regional director for the North West at Canal & River Trust, said: “The Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals have had more than their fair share of troubles over recent years and we’ve put every effort into keeping them open for boaters. Unfortunately the ongoing repair works at Toddbrook Reservoir as well as emergency works at Bosley Reservoir, coupled with far less rainfall than we needed, have meant that there just isn’t enough water for navigation and we’ve taken the incredibly hard decision to close the locks to boat traffic until water levels recover. We will be carefully watching how the reservoirs refill and will open the locks as soon as possible. “We’ve been carrying out a significant amount of water savings maintenance work over the past few years and in the longer term, once all our reservoirs are back open. This will improve the resilience of the canals, which is more important than ever as climate change shows us long dry spells are becoming the new normal. “We appreciate what an impact this has on boaters in the area and we are sorry that this will affect cruising plans this summer. If anyone is experiencing any problems please get in touch.” To find out more about stoppages and water levels affecting navigation, please visit canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices. This video gives more information about the Trust’s reservoir works: canalrivertrust.org.uk/specialist-teams/managing-our-water/reservoir-works-and-water-resources Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals current holdings – based on level readings taken on 13 June 2022 Reservoir Maximum Holding (Ml) Current Holding (Ml) % full Toddbrook 1238 Cannot supply canal Cannot supply canal Combs 1363 864 63% Bosley 1347 344 26% Sutton 346 148 43% Total 4294 1356 32% -ends- For further media requests please contact: Fran Read, Canal & River Trust m 07796 610 427 e fran.read@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  4. A lovely little video just down loaded by Cruising the cut on YouTube. Can’t do links on my tablet.
  5. The picture above was 2017. The year after we were invited aboard Raymond and had the great pleasure of meeting a granddaughter of Frank Nurser whilst on board. 2019 was indeed the year we declined a ride due to Mike not feeling up to it at the time.
  6. The picture also appeared in July edition of Canal Boat which had an article on the Braunston Rally.
  7. Barry and Perch were featured in the BBC programme on restoring canals, I forget it’s title.
  8. It looks “oop norf” an area I an not too familiar with. The northern boaters tended to paint the top rim of the chimney white whereas midlands and southern boaters didn’t. Sorry no clue on the boats id.
  9. From what I have gleaned, in working boat days when boaters worked for a company rather than No 1’s, the water cans were often the personal property of the boating families. As they often changed boats it would not be sensible to have a boats name on the can.
  10. I wouldn't worry about Mosquitos as the only flying examples are 3 in the USA and 1 in Canada. Surviving aircraft[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see List of surviving de Havilland Mosquitos. There are approximately 30 non-flying Mosquitos around the world with four airworthy examples, three in the United States and one in Canada. The largest collection of Mosquitos is at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the United Kingdom, which owns three aircraft, including the first prototype, W4050, the only initial prototype of a Second World War British aircraft design still in existence in the 21st century.[218]
  11. OP, only you can really decide if the timing is right. We are fortunate to have a caravan as well as a narrow boat. We use the caravan in summer and the boat the rest of the year. Soon we are off to Delamere Forest with the van for a few days. The van has the advantage of enabling visits to "The Port" and the "Canal Bookshop" at Audlem without taking a week or two to get there. Having an avid historical interest in "our" canals helps me maintain my enthusiasm.
  12. Submarines at Latchford Locks (warrington-worldwide.co.uk)
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