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Rose Narrowboats

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  1. Old pictures in a box

    I've been wondering that too. I think I'd start with pulling the motor back into the lock, having first put the planks in under the bridge and raised the water level as much as possible. If a big enough winch is not to hand, then unload the boats, and try again. The motor would probably float itself when empty, but you'd have to be careful whilst unloading it and it would be a slow old job. Failing that wait a few years until the butty rots or someone builds a mobile crane big enough
  2. Old pictures in a box

    Hitting them really, really hard because you've got a bladeful and can't hold back. I'm thinking someone already had the bottom paddles up as well. I bet the top gates shut with a thump!
  3. Idiots

    His first mistake is mooring on a narrow canal with a wide beam boat. Please don't encourage them to stray further down it! On the bright side, I understand CRT have a lot of tree cutting back work planned for the northern Oxford this winter.
  4. Oxford Canal around Brinklow, pre-1830s route map

    The survey appears to have generated various versions of the maps relating to the 1829 improvements: Maps showing the proposed routes (at Falls Bridge for example there were two options), plus the proposed new cut from Ansty to Bedworth Maps showing the detail of the cuts to be built, usually with detail such as elevations and cross sections which were presumably drawn up after the route had been agreed Maps showing land ownership of each field adjacent to the old and new cuts. I have seen a map survey of the proposed original route, but what was built deviated from it quite significantly, especially on the Longford and Braunston pounds. As you say, so many questions!
  5. Oxford Canal around Brinklow, pre-1830s route map

    Thank you for posting that Pluto, it's most interesting!
  6. Oxford Canal around Brinklow, pre-1830s route map

    I've got images of all the maps at work - they can also be found on the CRT archive and there's an original on the wall in the Stop House at Braunston that I keep meaning to take some decent pictures of. If you look at where Cathirons Lane comes out of Brinklow, the 300' contour crosses the Lane almost immediately, but the cut doesn't, and then follows it exactly when it comes back north of the road up and round towards Townthorns, then back to the corner where the public wharf is today. The 300 foot contour then goes south of the road again and into Hall Oaks Wood. Far easier, I would think, to dig a shallow cutting through some sandy soil than purchase valuable woodland and have to fell some big trees and deal with the roots. Do you know when the brickworks at Hungerfield (east end of Hall Oaks) was active? There's no wharf mentioned in the 1840 chain survey, I'd always assumed it was just during the building of the canal, but it would explain the presence of a wharf and a pub in the middle of nowhere. All I know of at Fennis Fields was the limeworks - again they're gone by the 1885 map. The Newbold Arm had quite a substantial wharf which is still there today (and accessible by footpath from the back of St Botolph's) which I'm sure was for a limeworks but I can't remember how I know that. The main reason for its retention though was because it supplied water to the troughs at Newbold on the Trent Valley line. When these were taken out in about 1964 the arm beyond the weir had no further use and as the farmer at Newbold Lodge kept complaining and demanding compensation for his cattle which kept getting stuck in it, BWB sold it to him. Anthony
  7. Teenage (and younger) Crew

    First time I was left alone on a boat was coming up Stoke Locks and I suddenly realised that everyone else was either setting ahead or closing up behind. I felt quite proud to be trusted like that at the age of 7. I could single hand a boat by the time I was 10 but the first time I was allowed to take the boat away for an extended trip was when I was 14, and I know this was approved by our insurers as there were various conditions (some of which I'm also pretty sure where made up by the old folks) including no boating in the dark. Several weeks after I'd got back the old man said "I hear you got round Hawkesbury in one, son - well done." I didn't really know how to reply to this as it was perfectly true, but occurred at 1am...... We find with the hire fleet that teenagers often make better steerers than adults, I think because they don't have any preconceptions (or ego?) and don't expect/want the boat to handle like a car.
  8. Oxford Canal around Brinklow, pre-1830s route map

    The original OCC maps show only the Brinkow Arches and no deviation further north round the head of the valley. The original line where the Brinklow arm crosses the straight originally wandered around in the field on the north (off) side of the canal for a few yards before joining the current line over the arches. The Brinklow Arm was sold by BWB with a specific clause in the contract that it would not be reconnected. Allegedly there are also issues with the height of the banks down there as an over exuberant dredger driver discovered when dredging the arm entrance to form the current window hole in the 1960s. I'm not sure why this should be though as the arm was in water in the 1930s and the Longford pound has not had the weirs raised in the intervening period. Although there's a well preserved stretch of the southern end of the Brinklow loop near the village the bridge under Easenhall Lane would require re-instating and the bit between there and the public wharf at All Oaks/Hall Oaks is comprehensively obliterated. The line through Hall Oaks wood is the original, as is the cutting at Cathirons. The original line then headed south just after Br. 42 and passed very close to Fennis Fields Farm. The Fennis Fields arm (now the entrance to Brinklow Marina was retained to serve a limekiln near the farm. The toll records I have start in the late 1890s and don't show any traffic emanating from that area. Cathirons Lane was there first so it was perhaps cheaper to dig the cutting than build a bridge to get under the road to the lower lying land and back again, and also bear in mind that a lot of the route from Hawkesbury to Newbold was through the Craven and Denbigh estates so their wishes would have held at least as much sway as Brindley's survey.
  9. Narrow boat sinks

    I have heard of insurers paying to remove sunken vessels that have only been insured for third party liability so that they don't get sued by a third party for obstruction of the channel of pollution. I was involved a few years ago with a boat which had exploded and then caught fire. It was only third party insured but they sent a surveyor to make sure it was not in danger of sinking or polluting.
  10. Dory or Punt/ working boat

    We've got steel and plastic pontoons suitable for the job available to hire, and we're not that far from Oxfordshire.
  11. Narrow boat sinks

    In the current climate, those operating under the radar will thrive. I frequently answer hire enquiries only to be told that they can hire a boat on ebay/airbnb etc for less than half of what I've just quoted and I must be the bad guy because I'm the expensive one. Trying to explain just sounds like sour grapes, so I've given up.
  12. Narrow boat sinks

    Including alcohol in the fee also means you need to have a license for that too.
  13. Narrowboats on the Thames

    I think the sparrows probably got washed overboard!
  14. Narrow boat sinks

    Correct. You must also have an approved boat handover procedure according to CRT T&C's but this doesn't seem to be checked on. Presumably though, if an operator can't demonstrate compliance when required to (ie after an accident) then things get much harder for them both with CRT and their insurer.
  15. Volockies

    Yep, (and so long as it's not a full length boat.... I forget how I know this), open one, cross the gate smartly and then as you lift the second one it cushions the boat as she runs forward again onto the cill bumper. The paddle culverts in the new locks at Hillmorton run the length of the lock with three connections per side into the chamber so there is less surging in these than the old locks, especially since they reduced the size of of the paddle boards from 3'x3' to 2'x2'. The bottom end entry is behind the bottom gates and designed as such so you can shut the bottom gates with the top paddles. You'll get shouted at for it these days though - even drawing a gate shut with a bit of paddle is frowned upon now.