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Derek R.

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  1. River class butty 'Yeo'

    Apologies for this, and please ignore the association with politics - it's the engineering aspect that is relevant. It shows the fascination of seeking complex alternatives to non-problems. The device is intruiging and fascinating to watch, much like the curling and uncurling bridge in Paddington basin. But the result of the complex arrangement is a device far less efficient than the wheel which is here replaced (or a swing or lift bridge). Inginuity and invention at work - yes, but a practical end result? It looks like hard work to drive the pedals around, and the frailty would show on a rough surface. The fact that it 'can' be done over-rides - dare I say - commonsense?
  2. Too long? Read some Bills before parliament, or the Acts they turn into. Some have sentences of two words, some over 100. Hansard, column 1165, third paragraph: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2017-07-11/debates/805C6758-D847-475F-98D2-49F75499FAF8/TaylorReviewOfModernWorkingPractices Here endeth my digression . . .
  3. Extant full length butty's and horse boats

    Sadly, our 'mother tongue' has been compromised both by 'education' for several decades, and ignorance for at least the last generation or two of a great many things. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar having suffered the most.
  4. Historic Boats for sale online

    I recall some Sea going ice breaking ships being fitted with aeration holes in the hull, through which air was pumped at high pressure to help move the broken ice from beneath the hull and thereby create a clearer channel astern. But the idea that wooden boards might retain sufficient air to allow a smoother passage does not consider the accumulation of mud from the bottom, nor that any steel bottom is free from corrosion that might also retain these slippery bubbles. And at 4mph, just how much difference is measurable. Maybe it's a perceived 'thing'. Flexible narrow boats turning on a sixpence like small fish. Wonder how the fitted kitchens will cope. Thinking of slippery paint, I cannot (off the top of my head) think of anything much slippery than silicon from a spray can. Perhaps we should all be spraying hulls with silicon. Used to be animal fat at one time, and grease for cross channel swimmers.
  5. River class butty 'Yeo'

    It's a brave idea, but sounds like you are re-inventing the wheel with corners. I'm missing something here: that you are intending to build a steel cabin beneath the blue tops, but have the blue tops elevate. Does that infer that the steel cabin also elevates? This is getting complicated. I envisage rust, moss, and other winblown debris (not to mention vandals) ingressing the sliding mechanism that runs the length of the cabin, and servicing the space twixt blue tops and steel cabin. How often is it planned to use this mechanism in reality? As the ongoing maintenance costs may reflect an unforseen cost which prospective future owners (and you will sell it on at some point) may view as a white elephant. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a project like the Foxton Inclined Plane. It will certainly give you hours (years?) of 'fun', and as it is your chosen project I wish you well with it. Not much a thread on Historic & Heritage boats can offer much advice methinks! Look to Showmen's caravans for extending body sections (theirs generally go out sideways than upwards, but the basics are similar).
  6. River class butty 'Yeo'

    I'm 5' 10½" in my socks, and with blue tops on part of the hold of a middle Northwich, I had no trouble in standing full height with them set on the gunnel - with my boots on. Blue tops are rain proof, but not hose or bucklet of water proof. Any hydraulic apparatus to gain a few inches will be excessively expensive, and rather ludicrous to boot. Also, even if fitted successfully, almost certainly will be replaced by a future owner. Just a thought.
  7. Historic Boats for sale online

    Not all wood floats. The mahogany tiller handle off TYCHO came loose and fell in the cut. It never came up again. Wooden boats do have an afinity with water that steel does not. But does a wooden bottomed steel/iron boat swim better than an all steel/iron? Can't see how that can be so, but there certainly is a difference in feel. After YARMOUTH lost her wooden bottoms for steel, something was lost. It's hard to pin it down, but the boat - whilst swimming better than ever due mainly to an 18' stern swim - just 'felt' different. More 'clang' and less 'thump'. Jim's ELIZABETH (it'll never be anyone elses) is a joy to sit in, yarn, and sample home brew. And yes, he did clout a motorway pier on the Trent in fog. The Old Lady took it, though some of the Mahogany cabin side had to be replaced according to Jim. An era passing.
  8. Grand Union Canal Traffic Records

    Looks like a rent book to me.
  9. Cob boat, Jolly boat, a small boat for useful/necessary trips on the water including external hull maintenannce, more often used with larger craft and stowed aboard for longer Sea passages, or in this case a small work boat for maintenance purposes. Why the name Cob? Best I can find is Crew OverBoard recovery. Chief Of Boat is a bit Naval. Jolly boat? Taking a trip ashore for a 'Jolly' (good drinking session).
  10. Trevor D Bolt artist.

    Now, how did I do that? It's an age thing I guess. Beg pardon Alan - Firth and Fincher. I see I put Boulton too - at a glance the '04 looked like an ON. Senile old git. Now corrected. (Not the senility alas).
  11. Trevor D Bolt artist.

    I love those Trevor Boult paintings. They have a David Shepherd style to them - painted as is, like rusting engines on shed. The Colin Firth is almost too good. It's a terrible life being an artist. You strive for perfection and seldom are happy with your work. Then when you think you have achieved something good, along comes some critic that says it's too good! There's an 'atmosphere' about Boultons' work that seems missing in the others. I have a Cuneo in the spare room, 'Night King' depicting King George V thrashing along in the dark, and yet to hang it.
  12. Got its own special fauna and flora - must be worth some lottery funding.
  13. Mystery location on the BCN any ideas?

    The chap on the left is pointing at the photographer as if to say: - "If tha've nowt better to do than take pictures - get thy back behind this shovel!"
  14. Google Earth Canal & River Map.

    That's probably correct when originally built (I haven't checked my Faulkners) but looking at the OS 6" for 1892 - 1905 maps show weirs where a second lock may have been, though some show none. http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/#zoom=17&lat=52.1389&lon=-0.9130&layers=168&b=1 On a second look, They may well have been wide locks from inception. I'm probably thinking of the widening in the thirties further North. Must read up some more. Ian and Ray are correct of course - designed to be 14' 6" in width with double locks.
  15. Google Earth Canal & River Map.

    That's interesting. Lock 20 is the bottom lock in the flight, and of course the old Northampton Road would not have the bridge that is there today, and the locks would have been narrow ones. The tramway would have been built before the flight had been finished and accommodated transhipment of goods from the bottom of the flight. Logical really, though I do wonder why the word "probable" has been included. It would have also run on the 'offside' for the length from beside the top lock to the bottom.