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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. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Same style fitting from Bedazzled for comparison: https://bedazzledledlighting.co.uk/product/es-24-led-golfballcover/
  7. Another vote for Bedazzled: so far I haven't found any others that are as efficient in terms of Lumens per Watt.
  8. 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.
  9. Whatever it is (a Bird class push tug on steroids?), it has the look of Gloucester Repair Yard about it.
  10. The design also looks very similar to one of the Oxford Canal Co's maintenance flats. I wonder what the power plant was, and what, if anything, they'll do with it?
  11. The Hillmorton Section gunnite boat in the mid 50s was a Royalty class - looks like George to me in these photographs: http://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/bw200.1.72.29 I'm sure my grandfather also referred to Prince as one of "his" gunnite boats which says it would have been somewhere on the old Warwick district as well - possibly also Hillmorton section but in the 60s as he did move there until 1961.
  12. I can answer this one The yard at Hillmorton was the O.C.C's (latterly B.W.B's) maintenance yard. My family moved from Yiewsley to 5, The Locks in 1962 when my grandfather, A. V. Grantham MBE was appointed as Area Engineer for what was then known as the Warwick District. Canal House, as it is called, had been the Oxford Canal Company's Engineer's house, and it came with the BWB Area Engineer's job. The only access was by foot over Br. 70, which according to the O.C.C. length books was un-named. The first reference to Br.70 as "Grantham's Bridge" was in the first edition of the Nicholson's cruising guides. It came about because my grandfather was the proof reader for this area, and author added the name in for a joke to see if he was paying attention. He did indeed spot it, smiled, and left it there assuming the editor would remove it, but somehow it made it to print and seems to have become fact. No-one who ever lived or worked at The Locks that I knew in the 25 years I lived there called it anything other than its number, or "the bridge over the arm". I only found out about it when I was browsing through a Nicholson's in my teens, and I'd lived there since I was born in 1973. At which point I went and asked my granddad, and was told it was no more than a slightly embarrassing mis-print! There's no link I'm aware of between our family or any of the boating Grantham's - but I'd be interested to know if there was one. hth, Anthony Grantham
  13. You cynic you - I thought it was just me!
  14. They make good push tugs you know, keep cutting!
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