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  1. Yes indeed Derek. Post 90's the towpaths around Spon Lane were cleaned up and new access gates were fitted, only to be very firmly padlocked again because of the drug problems et al around there. We took a small coach load to explore the canals there last year and had to walk rather longer than we wanted because of the restricted access. (Even I can't climb over fences now.) CRT's map still showed access where it was padlocked off - I pointed the error out but haven't checked to see if it has been changed.
  2. There were several fire doors in Gas Street as well as the access door. One was alongside said door and I think the framework for it may still be visible. The derelict arms there still had the doors in place until they were filled in. Most of the access doors around the Thirteen were very firmly locked in the early 70s, Gas St. being the exception, and you had to find a broken fence to escape the towpath. Keys to the firedoors were of limited use as the doors were always over the water. The river bridges through Norwich also show a way of getting fire hoses from the roads to water, including one by the Castle Shopping Centre which now crosses a road!
  3. Me too, but can't change to go to Braunston on Sunday as have to be elsewhere.
  4. 2nd World War additions to the bridges to allow the fire brigade to access the canals for water. Even new 1970s rebuilt Tindal Bridge which is an open bridge and quite low has doors which can be opened with a fire brigade key. Many of the bollards around the BCN are also fitted with the same padlocks to allow fire engine access to otherwise blocked off areas. Don't know whether CRT Staff have keys, but BW staff certainly didn't unless they knew someone who had them. One door over the filled in Whitmore Arm was used to house the access pipe for the fuel oil delivery pipe to the Science Museum. The doors and the canal were used when the Fleet Street warehouses burnt down in the early 90s.
  5. Yes, because I have a brief appearance in that one too.
  6. Fairly sure I got my copy of "Floating Fire Engines" from the Fire Services Charity at an event at the now defunct Fire Service Museum at Weedon Barracks. FB 34 was indeed Sculptor.
  7. I can't prove it, but as it is in the same format and size as several other photos which are known to have been taken by Sonia's 'Captain' Merrioll Trevor, I believe it was taken by Merrioll. It was indeed taken in 45, when they were giving up their wartime activities for GUCCC and just before Sonia married George. I have a copy taken from an original in Sonia's Photo album and she was insistent that I didn't use it in my talks as her views had changed over the intervening years. She would not have been happy at the Daily Telegraph's use of it in her obituary.
  8. "Have you a better copy?" Well yes I have. This film has been on here before. There is no doubt about it being Deimos and Vela although the same pair are not used for the whole film. I already identified the Steerer as Betty Snelling and crew Mary Whitley. Monica Martin, aka Frankie seems to have been the third hand at that point but she worked with many of the female crews as well as being captain of Atlas.
  9. Archie is quite likely right. That was certainly the name it was known by in Gas St where the photo was taken. 'Richard' still had a butty rear end and was occasionally seen around at the same time. I believe 'Loretto' was towed to the Brickworks Arm near Dudley Port and buried. It was a relation of 'Betty'.
  10. Now I know who you are Ray. I was the guy who got you confused with someone else called David. We saw Mike going round in the parade later. We were a little concerned that both of you were going to end up in the Cut on the way to the boat.
  11. The Barbara Jones painting from 1945 was painted at Braunston just after SV was taken on by George and Sonia Smith when they went to work for Barlow. It was used as the frontispiece and dust wrapper of the 1st Edition Inland Waterways of England by Tom Rolt, Sonia's later husband. The exhibit in the Canal Museum is an exact copy of the mock-up made for use in the film 'Painted Boats', made at Braunston by the same workers who made the original. Their names were recorded on the inside of the cabin, only visible when deconstructed. I think it was made in 1962 or 63.
  12. There may be some confusion over which Pearl/Baron is being talked about here. The Pearl that Binkie Bush owned certainly had a 1053 in it at some time in his ownership in the early 70s. Saw it a number of times. At the same time, Tay was owned by Tony Philips. I think it still had a hot bulb, but it was sold quite soon after we first met it in Gas St and went to Middlewich. Will try to find a pic.
  13. As the Telegraph Magazine from 1972 makes reference to 'Chocolate Charlie', it clearly started a long time before either TWT or CRT. WOW started with the IWA I think and was a feature at Rallies. 'Old' Charlie was the way we knew of him to distinguish him from 'Young' Charlie who had gone on the bank by then, whereas Old Charlie was still living on a boat.
  14. Very possibly, but the wooden strakes were plated internally in Gas Street in the early 70s by careening Emerald and welding direct to the steel. I held the plates for Brian to tack weld them in place before full welding so I think it must already have had a steel bottom. The engine at that time, pre Colin fitting the JP, was certainly not under your feet, Too damn big! A Foster or Fowler comes to mind, but it was a long time ago.
  15. Two water inlets and valves feeding the mudbox was standard on the National powered GU boats. I was told that this was to allow for loaded and light operation where the bottom was too near the top.