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Pluto last won the day on July 12 2011

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    European inland waterway history, including the transfer of technology during the early industrial revolution; wooden boat construction on inland waterways; the history of opening bridges; and the L&LC.

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  1. Lino was often used on Leeds & Liverpool boats, but usually after being pinched from off the waste tip at the Lino works at Appley Bridge. Unfortunately, it has closed.
  2. The Railway & Canal Historical Society are running its 9th Waterways History Conference in Birmingham, to which anyone interested is invited. The cost is £22, including coffee and lunch.There is a booking form at Waterways History Conference – Birmingham University, 24th June 2017 The programme for the Conference, which runs from 10.00 to 16.30 and will be chaired by Tony Hirst OBE, is: ‘Developing a Research Agenda for Inland Waterways History’ – Dr Paul Sillitoe ‘Why Canal History Matters’ - Dr Jodie Matthews ‘Discovering waterway history through records, photographs and publications’ – Ray Shill ‘George Jebb, railway and canal engineer’- Prof Timothy Peters. ‘Waterways Family Research’ – Lorna York ‘Understanding early English canal technology - an Austrian view’ – Mike Clarke ‘Artefacts in Research’ – Zofia Kufeldt, NWM ‘The Cong Canal’ – Brian Goggin … as well as a set of summaries of on-going research. There will also be a plenary discussion of the possible ways ahead for waterways history research, to which everyone will have the opportunity to contribute.
  3. Not really surprising, given that many in the south have never even got as far north as Lancashire or Cheshire.
  4. If you goto the Waterways Archive at Ellesmere Port, they should have an extremely old and large map of the BCN which may well answer you query.
  5. This is a drawing of a SUC top gate from the collection in Shropshire Archive, which I think came from Ellesmere yard. Unfortunately it is undated, but it does show the type of paddle gear used on top gates by the SUC. .
  6. The date I have for the second photo is 1975, the only other photo at Skipton taken at the time shows Ouse tied up. There are several of Irwell in 1973, when it was first used for camping.
  7. These are a couple of Geoff Wheat's photos showing locks on the Llangollen branch. The first is from 1964, the second from 1967. Both show top gate paddles.
  8. The original bow cabin was probably removed when the Jones crane was installed. The new cabin is smaller, though the original 'base' seems to have survived.
  9. A couple from circa 1975, when Ouse was based in the Skipton area. The first by Roger Lorenz, the second by Geoff Wheat.
  10. Ouse was one of two boats built for Canal Transport Ltd by Harkers of Knottingley in 1934, the other being Calder. They had 26 new steel boats between 1932 and 1954, the others were built at Yarwoods (12) or Pimblotts (9), both in Northwich, with the final three at Harland & Wolff on the Thames. Those built before nationalisation were named after rivers, with the six built subsequently named after Lancashire towns. Canal Transport Ltd also had a fleet of wooden boats, the ones they had built, rather than the ones they took over in 1930, were named after planets, stars and rivers, with a few other names, usually reusing older names as boats were motorised. The final, post-nationalisation, wooden boats were named after Yorkshire towns. The L&LC Society does have a few copies of Geoff Wheat's book, Canal Transport Ltd, for sale at £3 plus postage, or available direct when Kennet is open.
  11. As one of CRT's charitable aims is to maintain the heritage of our waterway system, and as, historically, boats would move regularly, surely requiring boats to move on after 14 days is actually maintaining the heritage of waterways, and thus addressing part of CRT's charitable aims.
  12. I did suggest that there were other reasons for having changeline bridges, but the canal crossing a watershed is not a reason usually considered, despite it being a major factor in determining their use. Other reasons could include the demands of landowners. The L&LC line at Church was changed after agreement with the Petre family at Dunkenhalgh, who insisted that the towpath be on the opposite side to their house to reduce the possibility of poaching etc on their lands. However, the towpath was almost always placed on the 'lower' side of the canal as this kept the land required to a minimum, with the towpath sitting on top of the embankment which retained the water, rather than on additional undisturbed land on the 'upper' side of the canal which would have required purchasing. On long levels, they may have been used to allow some respite for the horse, the load being transferred to the opposite shoulder when the towpath changed sides. Their use on the Macclesfield may also have arisen from this requirement as it is a comparatively late canal, and by the time it was built, the problems in operating with horses, and the associated economics, may have been better understood than on the first generation of canals.
  13. They used Kennet and filmed at Saltaire, though I am not sure how a wide boat was supposed to make it to Birmingham. However, the money helps us keep Kennet open for the public, so I won't complain too much.
  14. It doesn't mention that I am giving a talk in the Archives of Saturday about heritage on the L&LC, nor that the short boat Kennet will be open for visitors.
  15. As canals are often/usually built along a hillside, the towpath is usually on the 'lower' side of a canal, looking in cross section. So that when crossing the watershed, the towpath will usually change from one side of the canal to the other, and changeline/turnover bridges often mark where a canal is crossing a watershed. Between East Marton and Barrowford, the L&LC crosses from the Aire into the Ribble, then back into the Aire and then back again into the Ribble watershed, so there are two changeline bridges, below Greenberfield and at Barnoldswick, with Foulridge Tunnel acting as the third.