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Like the fortified farm in post #4402. This is also on the Nivernais canal near Lucy sur Yonne. It has always fascinated and eventually found out it houses a museum of innovation showing how things were in medieval times

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13 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

Beautiful colours. 

Thanks :)  The Macclesfield is a pretty canal all round.  It's my new favourite.  There are worse places to have had to endure the lockdown.

 

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1 hour ago, Dav and Pen said:

Like the fortified farm in post #4402. This is also on the Nivernais canal near Lucy sur Yonne. It has always fascinated and eventually found out it houses a museum of innovation showing how things were in medieval times

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This is the Chateau de Faulin, which until recently has not been open to visitors. The lock-keeper at Lucy once said it was owned by"a retired professor of medecine from Paris", adding that he was "pas sympathique," but that was years ago. The Internet now says the building is indeed open, or an exhibition within a part of it is.  We shall check it out next summer, if we are able. Ah, summer! See below.

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On this day in 2007

 

 

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Aston flight B+F BCN Compare #3890 (2004)

 

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If the firefighters use their red door, best if the lock were full: even so, would a lockful be enough? I wonder if the operations manual says to open a top paddle, and then to walk up the flight opening all the paddles. Further along the flight

 

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On this day in 2019

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Toddbrook reservoir drained. The inside of the dam that was overtopped. Emergency emptying arrangements

 

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Emergency shoring-up of the failed spillway: the bags were  dropped from a military helicopter.

 

 

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On this day in 2012

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Northern Oxford southbound above Hillmorton locks. Fulbourne returning to Aylesbury after, for us, a year of extensive cruising including the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, Liverpool, and Sowerby Bridge.

 

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At the tiller that day is HenryTillotson, our friend, fellow-owner and enthusiastic navigator.

 

Henry died from the AccursedVirus last week, after thirty days in hospital on a ventilator.

 

We will miss him mightily.

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On 16/05/2020 at 13:51, Pluto said:

... photo shows what was a sort of floating drydock which I was told could be used to take boats with high airdraft through the [Pouilly] tunnel. Anyone have the full story?

 

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On 16/05/2020 at 13:55, Dav and Pen said:

This tank had sluices at each end and could be used to lower an empty peniche by around 8 inches only but it must have worked. ...

On 16/05/2020 at 14:20, John Liley said:

The tank, or bac, as it was sometimes known, only just worked. It involved endless messing about There was a dry-dock or sorts, also, to put it in, at Escommes, at the southern end of the tunnel....

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At Standedge in 2006 we filled some (ex-lime ??) barrels with water and pumped them out afterwards. A cubic metre of water-ballast for about an extra inch of draft, and we had eight barrels altogether, with six inside in the display area. Most boats wouldn't have the space for this, of course.

 

We failed to persuade BW to take the barrels and offer it as a service to height-challenged narrowboats.

 

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There are some floating drydocks: Worcester

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Denham (GU South)

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In Antwerp harbour the company Moordtgat has 3 floating docks which have big tanks on each side that fill with water and then are pumped out to raise them up. The yard specialise in Rudders and props for their commercial customers and even have in stock spare props and rudders for their clients. They do general repairs and tolerate pleasure boats ,yachts in Flemish, if they don’t interfere with the commercial work. Rick one of the owners has a notebook which has your details in so the balks in the dock are correct, size of prop and shaft etc. 

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