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Rose Narrowboats

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Rose Narrowboats last won the day on August 31 2017

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  1. You need an 80 ton metre HIAB on a tractor unit with a 40' artic trailer behind. PM sent with contact details of a man who has one which we use regularly. hth, Anthony
  2. We also do long term hire and will permit single handing to people with suitable experience. hth, Anthony
  3. I'm sure the tug is Petrel - she's one of the few with the name welded onto bow on each side. It's hard to make out but the middle letter is definitely a 'T'. There are lots of detail variations on those tugs (hatches, chimney and engine vent positions, winches etc) and everything looks right for Petrel. The picture is taken from the top of Bridge 95 looking towards Napton - you can just see the start of the layby on the offside behind the tug.
  4. There are no boats buried in either gauging dock or the drydock. The outer dock was deepened post war, so anything there would have been uncovered but fact behind the rumour is there was another short, covered, arm leading off the engine arm between the drydock entrance and the gauging dock which was where the OCCs inspection launch "Lady Godiva" was kept. The entrance to that arm is still visible if you know where to look (it was used for storing spare paddle boards in) and it can be seen on the large scale pre-war OS maps. The building (an open sided timber structure apparently) and the boat, were deliberately burnt in late 1947 and the dock filled in - so the bottom half of the hull will be still be there. It was petrol engined at the time of its demise, but I have never seen a photo of it, and don't know whether it was ever steam driven. My understanding was that it was old enough to have been horse drawn originally. A four bladed prop for it and one of the timber pigeon boxes survived in the stores until the late 1970s when the prop vanished (probably for scrap) but the pigeon box survives..... If you want to know where the abandoned steamer is, that's extra!
  5. The "old canal" as the local always knew it (it was never referred to as a basin because it wasn't - it was just a length of canal retained because it had a flood paddle at the end of it) was stanked off long before 1970 - my mother used to graze her horses in there in the early 60s! "End dock" would most likely be the old gauging dock at the end of the engine arm.
  6. Bottom one (which wasn't visible when I first posted) is definitely Hillmorton with the steam dredger and what looks like the ex-OCC spoon dredger tucked right in the corner. The joey has a 50/50 chance of being "Pathfinder". I believe Trevor Maggs was involved in towing the steam dredger away from Hillmorton after its sale, so I wonder if this is a photo of the occasion?
  7. Top one - Cosgrove, taken from just up the Buckingham Arm looking north up the main line? If I'm right, the lock would be just out of shot on the top right.
  8. Not just padlocked - there seem to be more and more boats round these parts with so much stuff in the well deck (particularly bikes) that you couldn't open the bow doors from inside anyway.
  9. What's the solvent in Coflex? If it's the same as Comastic (Xylene) and I think it is, then the whole lot (paint included) will end up looking like you threw paintstripper at it.
  10. It's never been accepted practice to leave gates open at Hillmorton - or at least not in the eyes of the OCC or BWB. After the retirement of the last employed lock keeper (Mr Payne IIRC) then the job of making sure at least the bottom locks were watertight fell semi-officially to the occupants of Canal House - 'cos back then people cared about everybody else's boats moored in the pound and didn't want them sat at silly angles with snapped ropes in the morning. Gates being left open "because it's traditional" seems more prevalent (at least to my memory) now than it was in the 1970s - yet pretty well every boatman's skill, especially in respect of working boats and locks quickly and efficiently, seems to have almost completely died out.
  11. Same style fitting from Bedazzled for comparison: https://bedazzledledlighting.co.uk/product/es-24-led-golfballcover/
  12. Another vote for Bedazzled: so far I haven't found any others that are as efficient in terms of Lumens per Watt.
  13. The BSS used to inspect/condemn based upon the dates - and there were howls of protest from boaters about perfectly serviceable hoses being condemned. On a more practical note, the hose is made in batches and quite frequently we will receive "new" pigtail assemblies from our supplier with hose that is already over 12 months old. As per manufacturer's guidelines, so long as the hose has been stored properly (ie in a cool place and out of sunlight) this is not an issue. What matters is date into service, and how they are treated thereafter.
  14. Whatever it is (a Bird class push tug on steroids?), it has the look of Gloucester Repair Yard about it.
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