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spacer.pngGreat Haywood Junction T&M/S&W 

 

and canoeists between the junction and the lock

(pics posted this day 2021 and disappeared into the ether)

 

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  On this day in 1971

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spacer.pngOn my first narrowboat trip in 1971: while some of the crew had navigated the canals before, there was no experience of reversing a seventyfoot boat the two miles from the bottom of Napton Locks, where we had found an unexpected maintenance stoppage, to Napton Junction: there were no operational winding holes on that section in those days.

 

On the previous evening, the cap'n of the cruiser, a military gent, offered to tow us back in the morning. We had been setting off by 7am (and continuing until Closing Time) so it was a disappointment when he proposed "an O-group at eleven". No choice, we thought, so it was a lake breakfast and then tied together we set off.

 

The cruiser engine was not helpful at all, and we quickly disentangled the boats and did the journey independently, using Grebe's engine and ropes.

 

Later, descendimg Braunston locks.

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8 minutes ago, PeterScott said:

On my first narrowboat trip in 1971: while some of the crew had navigated the canals before, there was no experience of reversing a seventyfoot boat the two miles from the bottom of Napton Locks, where we had found an unexpected maintenance stoppage, to Napton Junction:

Always a risk in those days. Email was only invented that year and BW had not yet had time to introduce it for stoppage notices. When you signed up to receive stoppage notices, BW trained a pigeon to recognise your boat from above and it was used to deliver the notices in a small tube tied to one leg. One of your responsibilities was to feed it some corn, before releasing it to return to the loft at the nearest BW office. You also had to inform them when you were cruising from one management district to the next, so the pigeon could be moved to the next loft. If, for any reason, the pigeon failed to find your boat, you could easily come across an unexpected stoppage.

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11 hours ago, PeterScott said:

On this day in 1979

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on the Hertford Union and the Junction with Lee&Stort looking north

Nice pictures.  The Hackney Road historically had many furniture manufacturers and a fair few were still active around then.  There was sometimes great qualities of timber floating in the canal - and on the Lea, which could be recovered. 

 

The second image is a rare shot of Plastic Bag Corner in its heyday.  The wind-blown scrap polythene was in the navigation in great quantities; you were fortunate if you passed without fouling the prop.  I seem to recall it being the subject of a concerted campaign by the boaters' group; it was a great nuisance.

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On 19/03/2020 at 05:53, DandV said:

... by posting photos, and videos of your  day by day boating and what you encounter, it is stunningly beautiful ... Spring in Britain is beautifully photogenic, and as this goes on, so is summer, and then autumn, and winter. Share the views please. Don and Val

On 23/03/2020 at 02:33, DandV said:

Thanks for continuing to post those photos. ... But a question. Where are those photos of those gorgeous spring flowers that must be out now?

 

 

On this day in 2020, 'On this day' was first posted ...

 

 

On 25/03/2020 at 15:29, PeterScott said:

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 ...  Pictures from this day last year [2019]  have a short day from FradleyJ to base at Streethay via HuddlesfordJ here. Not prticularly spring-like ...

 

... maybe as a way of following-through Spring and maybe Summer with pictures of earlier years, while moving-boats were becoming a rare sight during the 2020 lockdown. The idea seemed to catch-on ...

 

On 25/03/2021 at 17:14, PeterScott said:

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On this day in 2019   Huddlesford Junction CoventryC  

 

... and another from this day 2019 at Huddlesford

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On this day 2017

Things became a little heated at Burton Waters

 

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The fire started onboard the blue hulled petrol engined Freeman shortly after refuelling. The Fairline was unfortunately also moored on the fuel berth waiting to be refulled  and was destroyed by the fire. The owners had just bought the Fairline and were having the hand over and waiting for fuel before setting off on their maiden voyage, luckily they were insured for the total loss. The Freeman which started the blaze was subsequently found to be uninsured and the marina insures pursued him for the costs.

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2 hours ago, Tacet said:

spacer.pngspacer.pngNice pictures.  The Hackney Road historically had many furniture manufacturers and a fair few were still active around then.  There was sometimes great qualities of timber floating in the canal - and on the Lea, which could be recovered.  The second image is a rare shot of Plastic Bag Corner in its heyday.  The wind-blown scrap polythene was in the navigation in great quantities; you were fortunate if you passed without fouling the prop.  I seem to recall it being the subject of a concerted campaign by the boaters' group; it was a great nuisance.

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Yes, thanks. That 1979 weekend trip (from Iver) had to be fitted-in with occasional (monthly??) openings of the Lee locks in London. More from Hertford Union, then southwards, then Old Ford.

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On this day in 2022.

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Contractors installing a new pipe for pumping water from the river Don to the summit of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. This is replacing a pipe that is over a century old and had suffered from a couple of blow outs, after new pumps were installed. The tow path has been closed for months, but the workers and hopefully the pipe appear to be getting closer to the top of  the flight.

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2 hours ago, Jen-in-Wellies said:

On this day in 2022.

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Contractors installing a new pipe for pumping water from the river Don to the summit of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. This is replacing a pipe that is over a century old and had suffered from a couple of blow outs, after new pumps were installed. The tow path has been closed for months, but the workers and hopefully the pipe appear to be getting closer to the top of  the flight.

 I take it your waiting for them to get closer to you too, for a more detailed photo 📷 “they’re far away, these are small” 😂 

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1 hour ago, PD1964 said:

 I take it your waiting for them to get closer to you too, for a more detailed photo 📷 “they’re far away, these are small” 😂 

You got it. That was taken from the closest officially open bit of tow path. It is actually a mini digger in the picture, not a big digger far away.

 

 

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5 hours ago, PeterScott said:

Yes, thanks. That 1979 weekend trip (from Iver) had to be fitted-in with occasional (monthly??) openings of the Lee locks in London. More from Hertford Union, then southwards, then Old Ford.

 

You were fortunate.  Only a few years before, the locks on the Regent's Canal closed for the weekend at midday on Saturday too.  When the paired locks were replaced by weirs, it was deemed OK for private boaters to use at weekends.

 

My late father campaigned for the Lower Lee locks to be available at weekends; after several years  one of the pair was fitted with granny gear for both paddles and gates.  I tried Old Ford (again) only a few year's back and it required a tough granny to work it.  More recently the locks have been automated - and the lockkeeper discontinued but the automated sequence of the Lower Lee locks now mimics the practice of the former lockkeepers.  Paddles were half-drawn, then your licence was checked and recorded, before the full paddle was raised.  It triggers a nice trip down memory lane.  Only difference is that the automation does not know whether there is a boat in the chamber or the lock is merely being turned. 

 

 

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This afternoon 2022

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Huddlesford Junction  CoventryC 

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