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pete harrison

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  1. Please do not think that I knew about your other boat - I looked on YouTube for Braunston 2018 !!! My boat also has them, and they will be staying because I like them
  2. This photograph was published in Waterways World magazine, December 1997 page 57 - and was one of a series taken by Mike Bowley in October 1970 capturing NUTFIELD and STANTON returning from Marsworth having handed hired buttys back to British Waterways Board, On the left is NUTFIELD and on the right is STANTON complete with draw pulls on the doors. Technically this was after Blue Line's 'working era' had ended as the Southall traffic had finished earlier in October edit = I did mention STANTON in my first post of this thread.
  3. I have spent much of today going through period photographs of narrow boats (which is nothing unusual) and I have spotted something that I wonder if anybody else has. The vast majority of 'historic' narrow boats (and many non 'historics') now have a brass drawer pull mounted on the lower panel of each cabin door, but evidence is overwhelming that these were a very unusual fitment to these boats when in full time trade - in fact I have only found two boats, COMET (run by enthusiasts) and STANTON (run by boaters), both from mid 1970 and at the very end of full trade. Due to their design it is much harder to see butty cabin doors, but those that can be seen all have blank panels. Is the fitting of brass drawer pulls another 'tradition' that has been developed by enthusiasts rather than boaters, just like the painting of feed scoops to become dippers ? Rightly or wrongly I quite like brass drawer pulls on cabin doors, even though they are not very practical
  4. So to make any sense of this rumour it must be established when the old open dry dock was built. I thought the dry dock was old enough to pre-dated steam driven narrow boats. There is no doubt that several boats were broken up on Hillmorton dry dock, but there is quite a difference to being broken up / burnt on the dock being buried in the dock
  5. I have no tender form that captures CHESHAM, the last reference I have being an enthusiast observation dated 07 April 1962 when it was recorded as being at Hillmorton 'Depot - end dock' - whatever that means. I suspect CHESHAM was disposed of as 'Happy' Smith described
  6. I agree with 'archie57' that this is the towpath side below Hillmorton bottom lock. The two wooden boats in the foreground are maintenance boats, and I think they are exF.M.C. Ltd. motor BEECH and exG.U.C.C.Co. Ltd. butty CHESHAM (not quite readable). This photograph can be dated some time between 20 May 1961 (enthusiast observation = BEECH in working order) and 07 April 1962 (enthusiast observation = BEECH below lock - engine removed) / BEECH tender closing date ?? June 1962 (without engine). Once transferred to maintenance these boats often carried remnants of the carrying livery dating to when they were last in the operational carrying fleet, or alternatively would be painted in a multitude of different ways dependant on where it was painted and by whom - but usually predominantly blue edit = the Bolinder BM 15hp removed from BEECH (not its original Bolinder) ended up in the museum at Stoke Bruerne, and was still there last time I visited.
  7. I would say it depends how it was being described, but to my eye it is just a chest with roses painted on it in a classical style - nothing to do with British canals and their 'traditional heritage'. 'Traditional heritage' is a funny thing as the people selling most of the rubbish claiming to be bargeware / canalware on the back of it being traditional are the ones who are directly responsible for slowly killing it. There are very few left who are genuinely interested in traditional boating and the high quality equipment required to go boating, and those that are interested are massively outnumbered by those who have no interest in canal history at all
  8. I was in Bristol a few years ago when a motor and butty pair of hotel boats tied on the mooring of the trip boat REDSHANK. They were asked to move as REDSHANK was due back but their path back into the docks was obstructed by other trip boats moored several abreast directly ahead of them. As a former 'captain' of narrow boat pairs I decided to watch to see how they got around the boats obstructing them and to see if the steerer would do the same as I had in mind - he did not as he used the bow thruster fitted in the fore end of the butty !!!! Back in the day there was a professional pride with boat handling and getting out of awkward situations with minimal fuss, which was rare as generally you do not get your boats into awkward situations in the first place, and this was a turning point for me as I realised that there was no longer any skill required to work as a professional boatman. My boat is an 82 year old 71'6'' narrow boat and has never had a bowthruster. If it did have a bowthruster it would need to be about halfway along the hull as the fore end is just coming out of the water when it is empty
  9. I have recently been told that BEN is still on the Caldon Canal and under the same ownership
  10. The prefix letter 'B' denotes an index number issued for use on the Bridgewater Canal and those operated by the same company (edit = if there are any). This helps to separate from the similar index number system established by British Waterways Board in 1980. Some boats have both types of index number
  11. For the past few days every time I log in to CWDF I get an email titled 'New Device Login', with the following text: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi pete harrison, You just logged in from a device we haven't seen you use before. Device Windows Browser Edge Estimated Location* London, England, EC2V, United Kingdom * Locations are approximate and may include nearby towns, especially on a mobile network. In some cases, the location may be unknown or not accurate, especially if the connection was made through a VPN. If this was you, please ignore this email. Otherwise, you should secure your account immediately. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have been using this device and software for the past 12 months or so, so what has changed ?
  12. That one is for sale via Ebay @ £9000 This one is also available via Ebay but at £22500 !!!! Personally I would prefer a Rolex Deep Sea Blue
  13. Apollo Duck advert: https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/harland-and-wolff-57-tug/606051
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