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11 hours ago, Athy said:

Thanks for teaching me a new expression. I assumed that a "graving dock" was a dock where ships went to be dismantled (the state of this ship's hull supported this notion), but I have looked it up and it's not that at all.


"The word ‘graving’ is an obsolete nautical term for the scraping, cleaning, painting, or tarring of an underwater body. Combined with the word ‘dock’ a graving dock refers to an enclosed basin into which a ship is taken for underwater cleaning or repair."


From https://titanicbelfast.com/Discover/Titanic-Stories/The-Hamilton-Graving-Dock.aspx

11 hours ago, jake_crew said:

They certainly are a handful.


If you want to slow down, just knock the revs off, or in extremis, go into neutral.


If you use reverse they'll be straight up the bank.


We had the offer of coupling up to a pan and going for push at Braunston rally last year, but decided that was not the time or location for the "first time".


A couple of years ago someone entered the London Canal Museum's bantam tug (solo) into the boat handling competition at Cavalcade at Little Venice. Lets just say it was a brave decision!

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On this day in 1977



and that distinctive paddle gear at the lock




L1291_20070219_0156.JPG.a6fde8d440077fc4392ecc660f5d3610.JPGwhich, thirty years later, doesn't seem to be connected to the paddle.


The Nice Mr Google knows where it is ...


... which, sadly, is more than can be said for a whole Zoomful of enthusiasts yesterday evening of L's puzzle (below)

14 hours ago, Loddon said:

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2020-07-29 13.09.26.jpgA canal I visited today, I will leave you to guess where it is :)


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15 hours ago, Loddon said:

A canal I visited today, I will leave you to guess where it is :)


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For those that don't know its the Exeter Canal.

The lock is that size (The photo is taken from the lower gate)  so that two vessels could pass in the lock as it would be almost impossible for large vessels to pass on the canal itself.

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A woolly photo shows our hotel-barge Luciole heading northwards down the Canal du Nivernais in the vicinity of Cravant. In the background, LH side, may be glimpsed one of the caverns in the hillside, limestone quarries cut centuries ago.


In one, today, fine sparkling wine is produced. In the cave that is pictured, a French aviation company set up in business, only to find the premises taken over by the German forces of occupation. Here, safe from Allied bombing, Focke-Wolfe 190 fighter aircraft were repaired by a workforce of prisoners, local employees and, at one stage, 200 Russian women - there was an extensive White Russian contingent in the German army units hereabouts.


Damaged aircraft arrived by rail and, three times a month by barge, unloading at a quayside nearby. Restored planes took off from the grass airstrip that still survives beside the canal on the western side. This was a large-scale business - when the Germans left  20 fuselages and 150 wing sets remained.

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9 hours ago, PeterScott said:

On this day 2013


Hunslet Mill A+C  Compare #2345 (2012)

We did the job next door with Miller Homes the Yarn Street site. It was an interesting job that one.

On this day 2018


Another day on the Broads. 


Yacht racing at Horning




A Ricos special in a hurry




St Bennets Abbey





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