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Today 2015. The Burgundy canal was closed due to lack of water so we couldn’t get back to our winter mooring. This is the marina at Auxonne on the r.saone and the harbourmaster Roy who was a friend of ours tucked us away in this spot and we packed up and came home for a wedding. When we came to leave there was no way I could reverse all the way out in the narrow space between the boats and the bank so he used his dinghy to control the bows and we made it without touching anything.(the weather was lot better than today it’s hissing down)

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1 hour ago, PeterScott said:

On this day in 2005

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Shackerstone Ashby Canal

Allegedly an icebreaker. Would make good restoration project. Was lying there for years, not sure if it still is.

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There's a similar-looking mooring at Downham Market, a few miles along. There are usually one or two boats moored there. Perhaps its proximity to the town's railway station appeals to boaters who want to go shopping.

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4 hours ago, PeterScott said:

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Shackerstone Ashby Canal

3 hours ago, Athy said:

Allegedly an icebreaker. Would make good restoration project. Was lying there for years, not sure if it still is.

 Finding a picture of the grass where it no-longer-is proves more difficult than I thought it would, mainly because I can't remember which bit of grass I'm looking for: iirc it was around the winding hole somewhere, and there's a BW sign in the background which suggests it's not on the not-then-yet-restored bit. Here's the Ashby Canal stall there that day, and some of the winding hole

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Similar view of the winding hole from 2019. Compare #1203 (1976) #1816 (2001)

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1 hour ago, Athy said:

There's a similar-looking mooring at Downham Market, a few miles along. There are usually one or two boats moored there. Perhaps its proximity to the town's railway station appeals to boaters who want to go shopping.

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Downham Market mooring pontoon Relief Channel Great Ouse. A bigger pontoon, with Fulbourne approaching under the bridge, September 2018

 

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On 07/05/2020 at 21:10, PeterScott said:

L0990_20030507_0052a.jpg.40dc63d7788945b5c472b208455ada43.jpgAnd earlier on [7 May] 2003

 

Farmers' Bridge Bottom Lock - the mural that is no longer there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On this day in 2016, mural on refurbished building, Farmers Bridge Bottom Lock Compare #1504 (2014)

and at the top of the flight a sign explaining locks :

 

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Where it says "The Farmers Bridge Locks work in the same way but are relatively uncommon in only having single gates at both ends. They are slightly longer to accommodate the wider swing of the single gate." we might add that most boats that use them are wider than the three-foot-six illustrated.

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1 hour ago, PeterScott said:

They are slightly longer to accommodate the wider swing of the single gate.

 

This is nonsense.  I'm pretty sure the single headgate opens away from the lock chamber, not into it ...

 

Add: for clarity, I know it's a quote from the sign!

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42 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

 

This is nonsense.  I'm pretty sure the single headgate opens away from the lock chamber, not into it ...

 

Add: for clarity, I know it's a quote from the sign!

The single bottom gate can be difficult to open in a full length boat when heading down.  Generally on the BCN with a full length working boat you need to be all fenders up and hard back against the cill to open the single gate. Then in a few the bows need shoving over by the fraction of width you have spare to squeeze the gate open.

 

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