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pete harrison

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  1. pete harrison

    Thoughts on this boat

    Well this is obviously different things to different people as to me a tug should be a powerhouse and agile, and looking good is not a high priority. To my mind most modern tugs are stylised pleasure cruisers that are woefully underpowered and far too long. I remember KYLE being built and felt it had a lot of potential and its proportions as built were good, but back then it was powered by a Lister FR2 which was far to small for a tug. After about 5 years the Russell Newbery was fitted, but this engine would normally be associated with a motor and is still too small for a tug - but at the end of the day KYLE is another tug styled pleasure boat, especially in its current format. It would be great to see somebody build a proper narrow beam tug (not a push tug), although of course there is no work for vessels like this anymore
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    Olly Cromwell sinks

    A thread in the History section is already running on this subject:
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    Water Cans and Handbowls

    Do you recall the size of this Can as it is difficult to determine from photographs
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    Water Cans and Handbowls

    Another attractive Can for sale on Ebay. I have two very similar Cans to this one so I have a good idea as to the painter - and the name Peter on this Can has nothing to do with me: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bucky-watering-can-large-with-traditional-colours/183226034442?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D50546%26meid%3D4ec379a693174bf9b77f6cff5c4e3fcc%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D152531167203%26itm%3D183226034442&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
  5. pete harrison

    Napton - avoiding the flight on Wednesday???

    I am feeling smug as well as OTLEY came down through Napton Lock 9 on 08 May with little more than a shudder, particularly smug as I bought an old boat with steel gunwales and a cabin conversion shell without a survey - so it could have been 7'3'' for all I knew. I am hopeful that the problems with Lock 9 will be resolved in the winter as the southern Oxford Canal is one of my favourites, and I can't help feeling that OTLEY was lucky on this occasion and it could have been a very different situation with a slight variation in water level
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    Old Painted Boat Lamp on TV

    I am struggling here, especially at almost £1k hypothetical. Are we valuing the masthead light as a canal artefact in its own right or is value added because it was painted by a well known boatman ? Masthead lights were not that common on narrow boats, but the one on the Antiques Roadshow did have a plaque attached linking it to a carrier on the Staffs and Worcester Canal - and this makes it interesting to me. Personally I am not a great fan of boatman painted items, instead preferring the higher quality items produced by boatyard painters (professional painters), and I thought the lamp painted by 'young' Charlie Atkins looked crude. Because of the painting I would not make an offer if this lamp was advertised for sale, but it is a funny old world as if it were unpainted I would pay a considerable sum due to its direct link with that carrier and my desire to have one on my boat as they were G.U.C.C.Co. Ltd. issue. For the record I also knew 'young' Charlie Atkins and respected him greatly
  7. pete harrison

    Old Painted Boat Lamp on TV

    There were no buttys seen during the episode, the boat on which the lamp was stood being the B.C.N. day boat BIRCHILLS. I am pretty sure that the owner of the lamp was Cliff Sherwood (I have not spoken with him since 01 July 2006), former owner of BELLATRIX
  8. pete harrison

    Bought a boat - when should the licence start?

    I licensed my newly acquired boat on the telephone, and following a sensible conversation got the prompt payment discount as I paid in full at that time. My application may have been a little easier as the boat had been off C&RT waters for 10 years
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    Relic from the coal carrying days

    Thank you for posting these images, along with an explanation of its function. These relatively small items are the details that are easily forgotten, especially when only used with specialist boats such as Tom Puddings
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    Thames info please

    That day was about 16 hours or so, but we were on a mission as we only had 6 days to get the pair from Reading to Ellesmere Port. The next day we were tied a couple of locks down Napton at Marston Doles, then Rowington (Lapworth), then bottom of Factory Locks, Tipton (including a 6 hour breakdown at Hockley Heath), then Adderley, then Chester leaving a couple of hours run into Ellesmere Port the following morning. As I said earlier we were 4 handed with the pair, did not jump any queue and closed every lock gate behind us unless left open for an oncoming boat. I do not think we upset any other boater, but I did upset my wife (now ex-wife) as she drove from Bristol to pick me up and then I fell asleep in the car for the entire journey home. Coming up the Oxford Canal earlier this month was the first time I have ever been along it without a butty, the first time being 1981 and the last about 10 years ago with numerous times in between - and this is certainly one of my favourite canals
  11. pete harrison

    Thames info please

    A few years ago I was involved with moving a pair of working narrow boats from Reading to Ellesmere Port. The long daylight hours of August helped considerably, and the first day saw us go from Reading (Tesco) to The Rock of Gibraltar near Enslow Wharf on the Oxford Canal. We were four handed and once on the Oxford Canal the locks needed to be worked twice as we bought the butty through. This was a very long day. When I moved my latest acquisition off the Thames earlier this month we left Reading (between Caversham Lock and Mapledurham Lock - 2 handed) bang on noon and tied up just after 20:00 at Abingdon. It took a further 4.5 hours the following morning to reach the Oxford Canal at the Dukes Cut. Clearly this was running against the stream but will give some indication that passing the Thames in a day is very doable this time of year in a little over 12 hours - and although I was not trying to avoid it I passed several locks before paying. Whichever way you enter the Thames at Oxford please be aware of the rowing boats, not little wooden pleasure boats but racing boats. The rowing eights are not too much trouble as they have a Cox who can see you, but the smaller boats do not and the rowers have their backs to you - and they are blooming fast edit = we also had the surreal experience of passing through the middle of a sailing dingy race, which is tricky in a 71'6'' ex-working narrow boat, although we were guided through behind a speedboat !
  12. pete harrison

    Large Woolwich

    The boats you see in photographs where the counter is 'a good 6 inches' out of the water / 'see the prop' are usually about to be loaded and so have been pumped out as water was sometimes used as ballast whilst empty. I have just retrieved OTLEY off the Thames and when we started off the counter was at least 4 inches out of the water. OTLEY pulled the counter to just about flat on within half a boat length and certainly stopped with no problem at all as it appears to be a good set up regarding engine / gearbox / propeller. I have always had my motor's set up like this (counter a few inches out of the water) as it helps to minimise draught when on the move, and with a little more water under the boat it helps the boat move more efficiently. The bouyancy (spelling ?) of an empty butty on cross straps will also help to stop the motor counter going down too far which is why an empty pair can sometimes be quicker than a single motor. A motor that is set up with its counter flat on when stationary is going to be very deep draughted when on the move, hitting underwater obstructions more often and finding it that little bit harder to tie alongside the bank. As for PEACOCK I bet it looked really good with all those plastic barrels in the back end
  13. pete harrison

    Large Woolwich

    My records suggest that the Mitchell's owned FENNY from 1987 to 1998, so yes early 1990's would be a good guestimante. Some time during 1990 FENNY moved out of central Birmingham and took a mooring at Stourport
  14. pete harrison

    Large Woolwich

    That photograph (courtesy of Andy's website) dates to shortly after its conversion from a maintenance boat by Simon and Samantha Mitchell, Birmingham. The cabin dimensions were taken from a combination of BADSEY (owned by me) and BEAULIEU, and the works were carried out by the owners at Sherborne Street Wharf. When FENNY first arrived in Sherborne Street it still had a deck instead of a back cabin
  15. pete harrison

    Large Woolwich

    Blimey Andy, what a post ! I was not pointing any particular finger, in fact I was very much generalising. I, like many others, look forward to seeing the new version of your website But don't you own CAMBOURNE, or at least that was the impression you gave in a post on 17 July 2015

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