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Taking Python to Braunston

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As some of you may know The Chesterfield Canal Trust’s historic boat Python is going to be at Braunston Historic Boat festival. That obviously means getting her there. That journey began in earnest today when we locked out of West Stockwith onto the Tidal Trent. 

 

Although there was a fair bit of fresh coming down the tide gave us a real helping hand and progress was quick. Due to the high level and flooding some areas of the river were about twice as wide as usual and as the tide died away we pushed the Lister a little harder which has done the world of good as often on the canal she barely goes above tick over (she draws around 3ft and The Chesterfield isn’t the deepest Canal!).

 

Suffice to say we made it to Torksey in good time and met some of the other crew members in the White Swan for a really nice lunch with a good portion size! 

 

Tomorrow will see us catching the tide at about 8am heading for Kings Marina in Newark. If you see Python on her travels don’t forget to wave!

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Well day 2 was an interesting mix of tidal pushes, strong currents and plenty of fresh. We left Torksey just after 8 and the tidal push really helped however the amount of fresh coming down meant we were soon fighting the flow and the nearer we got to Cromwell the harder we had to push. 

 

We met 3 boats going the opposite way but listening to the radio and talking to the Lock Keepers there was only us and a Widebeam heading upstream. The split for Newark Dyke and the Trent was challenging as it wanted to throw us all over the place but once we were past it the journey was smooth and we are now at Kings Marinain Newark ready to head to Stoke Bardolph tomorrow. 

 

Safe me to say a great time is being had by all.

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7 minutes ago, bigray said:

Well day 2 was an interesting mix ... the journey was smooth and we are now at Kings Marina

Have a pretend greenie as I can't give you a real one!

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Brilliant, take care you lot as there is a lot of water coming down, but the old crews used to do it with a butty on tow so you have fewer excuses. 

Your main struggles will be below Holme Peirrepont and below cranfleet..although the levels may have started to drop by then.

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1 minute ago, matty40s said:

Your main struggles will be below Holme Peirrepont

I would pay better money to see Python shoot the kayak slalom course ...

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1 minute ago, TheBiscuits said:

I would pay better money to see Python shoot the kayak slalom course ...

Well find the duck and kidnap it for the day, would be a brilliant finisher, especially if the river is still in flood .

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3 minutes ago, matty40s said:

Well find the duck and kidnap it for the day, would be a brilliant finisher, especially if the river is still in flood .

@tree monkey has the duck.  He wont take a narrowboat down the slalom course though.  He may be crazy, but not that crazy!

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5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:

 

 

@tree monkey has the duck.  He wont take a narrowboat down the slalom course though.  He may be crazy, but not that crazy!

The duck is safe and well, at least now I have put a stop to his drink and drugs epic and I have absolutely promised @Dr Bob he will be returned in one piece 

 

 

 

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Came home to an inpatient duck, seems he is done with his wanderings and is all packed and ready to be back with Bob

 

 

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