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  • Birthday 05/05/1960

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    Things with engines. The Restoration of The Chesterfield Canal.

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  1. It is not only us that's had it bad. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50401308 The Acqua Alta came arrived in Venice as usual except it was higher than usual and although they are used to and geared up for water that covers the pavements in most of the city the tide reached a 50 year high last night. We often have a rotating view of Venetian webcams on our TV throughout the year, it was something Dave found before we visited back in May. When we went there we sought out the location of each of the webcams (yes I know, it;s a bit sad, but it was interesting to place where the view was that we had been watching.) He flicked to that channel last night to see the place in darkness with a power outage that seemed to be affecting the entire city. Several of the cameras were down as you might expect and others showed police boats busy with blue flashing lights all over the place and a LOT of water where there is usually none. This morning we could see vaporetto had drifted onto the paved areas before the water receded leaving them at a very dodgy angle. Dave managed to find some live feed of them attempting the refloating of them. It felt odd seeing one of the vessels I can identify as one we traveled on sitting at a precarious angle with a crane on a floating pomtoon supporting it while another crane was brought across the lagoon to assist. Meanwhile I hope everyone in areas already affected by flooding escape the worst of tomorrow's forecast rain: https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633551
  2. The Chesterfield Canal was closed to navigation along it's entire eastern section yesterday (32 miles) which is a bit ironic as it was probably the first time for years that deep draughted boats could have got along it without touching the bottom The problems started up the top end at Kiveton Park. The railway station was closed due to flooding and the canal lies in a deep cutting below the canal so you can imagine how much water was finding any way it could to get into the canal. The towpath's were under water as the bywashes looked like white water rapids. Photo credit to Lisa Munday: Then you move down to the lovely community of Shireoaks where a huge number of properties were inundated by water when The Ryton burst its banks. The social club where Python moors was flooded: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.barrowcliffe/videos/2778422375523399/ I have to say that I have found the way the Shireoaks community has pulled together in the face of such dreadful adversity so heartwarming. People were up all night sweeping water away, filling sandbags, directing traffic, handing out tea and cake offering spare rooms and beds, taking in pets - what a wonderful community they are! Then onto Worksop and that has been really badly hit. I have seen a post by Bassetlaw Council saying over 200 properties have been affected by flooding. Homes and a town centre that was struggling anyway. This photo sums up the situation I think: The canal enters the frame in the bottom left corner. To the left of that is a lake/nature reserve on reclaimed land. For those who are familiar with the canal there is a winding hole just off the bottom of the photo. The large square of water in the centre is the cricket field and the large white buidling above it is The Priory Shopping Centre. One of the main shopping streets in Worksop is to the right of that under water. Further downstream at Clayworth on our mooring the water was the highest anyone at our club has ever known it. Can you see that armco under the water? That is usually fully above water and we are on the longest pond on the canal. There were a lot of tight ropes on our moorings yesterday! The water is also VERY brown today so when the levels recover we can expect it to be even shallower! That water was all making it's way down the canal adding to even more water that was draining into the canal further down. This was the situation at Misterton Bottom lock. This is the last lock before West Stockwith and as you can see, with the water over the towpath the bywash was running very fast. Video credit to Stephanie Cox https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.cox.1654/videos/2590705584285945/ Meanwhile on the unconnected end the community of Barrow Hill they came close to being cut off by flooding of the majority of the routes into and out of the village. At Tapton the Rother went into spate and caused flooding of homes and businesses. Hollingwood Hub is often at risk in these circumstances. To assist with moving the water down and away from properties the paddles were raised at Hollingwood lock. This was a good plan but then the local river levels returned to being contained within their banks at some point in the night when nobody was about to close the paddles on the lock so today there is a different problem there: Sigh..
  3. Dave and I will be there. We will also stay for New Year's Eve. You rotten lot have all been booking the Travelodge while we were out of the country and the price has hiked up significantly from what we have paid in previous years so we have booked something a bit cheaper, it is not quite as convenient as a location being further into the town but it is a saving of £18 for the two nights and they offer car parking at £4 a night so that is a lot of beer tokens - Time will tell if we regret it or not. I have always liked that travelodge
  4. There have been problems on The Chesterfield Canal too - the levels of The Rother have been causing some problems.
  5. High tide at Gainsborough is due in around half an hour. There is likely to have been an aegir passed through in the last half hour too. It's looking grim for many parts of the country
  6. I can't recall the exact height and I am useless at guessing but this photo might give you an idea: Knowing the parade at Alvecote didn't require going under any bridges but DID require a lot of idling it was the choice for the day - even if it isn't exactly traditional
  7. Michael Pinnock made 2 for Python, both made to order, one was created the exact size to fit under the lowest bridge on The Chesterfield Canal. The second one is what we call our "Trent Stack" and it is too tall to fit under most canal bridges! It was designed to be used on The Trent to carry fumes high over the steerers head but, we have found it invaluable when working on vegetation cutting because we are often almost static but holding the boat into the shallows so a tall stack is ideal and many of the regular team love it so much and know Python so well they will nip along the gunwales to lay it flat when approaching a bridge
  8. If you don't want a hinged one the Michael Pinnock makes them to order. If anyone knows where you can get a hinged one then I am interested. I will have a contact number for Michael somewhere but don't know how quickly I can dig it up so if you want it and someone else reading this can help please do so
  9. I could ask you how you know how much progress you would make wearing full welding PPE if you have not worn it, but I won't I hope you never have reason to regret your choice. Accidents happen and a moment's lapse in concentration can be life changing. You have made your choice based on you being a "strong swimmer" I mainly want other people reading this to realise that just because you might be a strong swimmer in a warm sea wearing your budgie smugglers doesn't mean to say you could save yourself fully clothed in a strong tidal current in a cold river.
  10. You wear full welding PPE but find putting a life jacket on "a bit of a faff" Each to their own
  11. How strongly can you swim if you have bumped your head on the way in and become unconcious? Being a strong swimmer is good but is that fully clothed and in cold water or in the swimming baths or the med when on holiday?
  12. I had noticed that but not everyone understands it is so narrowminded and it adds fuel to the fears that so many people have about The Trent. Most of them totally unfounded. I thought perhaps adding a couple of photos of what it is more typically like might add some contrast for those who are reading but might not comment
  13. We had a wonderful day yesterday with a group of volunteers from Virgin Mobile Business. I promised some before and after photos: Well we had a strong team so split them up, half to deal with the wharf and half to try and tackle the self set ash trees on the towpath embankment. The team has just disembarked at the wharf here and the towpath team are getting the hang of what height vegetation is acceptable along the towpath. : This vegetation was a bit too low for safety After we finished it looked like this: Notice the lack of self set ash trees on the bank and the height of the overhead vegetation along the towpath. We also tackled the buddleia that was growing out of the wall supporting the ramp down from the bridge. this is before: This is after: And this is the wonderful team who did the work (there are three people missing from this photo, myself(I was taking the photo) and our two steerers - (who had plenty of practice at testing out Python's superb reversing qualities needing to reverse back from the end twice and then back to the visitor mooring from the bridge and got a round of applause)
  14. Oh dear, that opening post is exactly the sort of thing that is certain to put more boaters off navigating the tidal Trent. Shock horror that you are going to have to book a passage through the lock! Well, anyone wanting to go out on the tideway will be wanting to lock out at the time the tide suits their vessel the best, that will usually involve a discussion in advance with the lock keeper to confirm, even if you are clued up enough on the tides to work it out yourself. There is not a lot at Keadby so why would anyone rock up there any earlier than they needed to get there in order to use the lock? That means a call a day or so in advance to firm it all up is usually wise. If you want to lock in then you will have communicated with a lock on your way out. Cromwell, Torksey or West Stockwith. Each lock you go through asks you where you are heading and where you expect to end your day. Each lock communicates with each other too so they know how many boats are out there and roughly when to expect them. To illustrate the horror of the trip they share a photo of a narrowboat with waves breaking over the bow. This will ensure that another lot of people will never experience what The Trent is like with a good string flow of a spring tide: Or experience a Torksey sunset with their boat in the frame I have been at West Stockwith when narrowboaters were coming past who had not made the expected progress on the river and would arrive too late at Keadby so the megaphone came out and they were told to come in. the lock keeper needing to get 6 boats in on a falling tide while there was still enough water over the cill. A tense time but it was acheived. Why let the truth get in the way of a good story if you can season it with some drama? Because you are putting boaters off from visiting what I believe to be one of the most beautiful canals in the country by doing so and it makes me so sad
  15. Yes it was him, our neighbour at Clayworth, he took one look at Python coming and knew he had to try and give us the channel bless him
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