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  1. This is neither cheap or easy to repair.
  2. Yes Derek, it is Peacock. John kept a lot of his 'stuff' in the shed under the corner of the bridge. Last time I saw the metal bits of the bridge they were in Portsmouth but have no idea as to their current location(s).
  3. Someone on here will be able to confirm this is Water Rambler - it has been discussed in this forum before but I am not familiar with the search facility. Plenty of images exist of Rambler and I believe that this is indeed it.
  4. Leaving a windlass on a paddle is another! I too remember Vulpes many moons ago.
  5. No padlock keys needed for this example in Norwich over the river. Same idea though.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Me too, but can't change to go to Braunston on Sunday as have to be elsewhere.
  9. 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.
  10. Yes, because I have a brief appearance in that one too.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. "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.
  14. 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'.
  15. 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.