Book 17

Canal Cruising 2021

An e-Book and website by Cyril J Wood

 

The title photograph shows nb Squirrel moored at Billinge Green Flash on the Trent and Mersey Canal

Contents

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Chapter 1 - Canalmanac 2021 Part 1

 

Chapter 2 - Summer Cruise 2021

 

Chapter 3 - Canalmanac 2021 Part 2

 

Chapter 4 - Autumn Cruise 2021

  Chapter 5 - Canalmanac 2021 Part 3

Canalography 2021

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Chapter 1 - Canalmanac 2021 Part 1

2021 started off with the country being plunged into Lockdown 3·0 along as well as being deluged with torrential rain courtesy of Hurricane Christoph. Agden... where our boat's mooring is located featured on the Granada TV News and other networks due to flooding of nearby property and the surrounding area. The boat was unaffected due to the canal being on an embankment and well above the surrounding area. I was working from home due to the college I work for being closed except for vulnerable students. Lymm Cruising Club is still hibernating during lockdown and the Committee have decided to carry-over our 2020 positions and proposed cruising programme to 2021. We live in hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic subsides soon and some sort of normality can resume.

Flooded Agden Lane adjacent to our boat's mooring

(Photograph - Sky News)

I was pleasantly surprised when one of my photographs was used in the Waterways World Readers' Favourite Views Gallery. The photograph was of our canal cruising friends from across the pond... Bonnie and Mike Goldberg, steering their narrowboat Californian beneath Bridge 212 on the Trent and Mersey canal at Dutton and a screenshot is included below along with the original photograph. The photograph also featured in the April 2021 edition of Waterways World but they made a mistake in the caption. They said that it was Bridge 22 on the T&M when it is actually Bridge 212... naughty Waterways World!

A screenshot of the Waterways World Favourite Views website showing my Bridge 212 photograph...

... a scan of the My Favourite View from the April 2021 edition of Waterways World...

...and the original photograph

I seem to be receiving enquiries about the history of canals throughout the world... what was the first canal, where was the first lock, etc. so with staying at home I decided to write a short piece for the website about it. It is still in development and I have not even decided on a title as yet (all suggestions gratefully received - email me at cyril.wood@virgin.net if you have any). Watch this space for developments on this subject.

Last year I had been asked to put on another film/slide show for Lymm CC including my History of Lymm CC presentation. During the lockdown 3·0 I had the opportunity to up-date some of my audio/visual presentations. Canalscape was given a complete make-over including new titles, adding a prologue complete with a commentary and an extra piece of music in the middle to accommodate extra photographs that were added. The last track... Orinoco Flow by Enya was previously taken off the Watermark CD but the new version has the extended twelve inch vinyl version... retro or what!

Soundtrack and photograph preparation for Lymm Odeon - Take Two

Two of my other presentations... This is Diarama and Carscape were also up-dated with new titles and extra photographs added. All that we now need is for the COVID-19 restrictions on social events to be lifted (and for members/guests to turn up), the date finalised and we are ready for "Lymm Odeon - Take Two".

The previous Lymm Odeon - Take One presentation

During February we were in the grip of not only lockdown 3·0 but a cold snap as well. We were definitely suffering from withdrawal symptoms from our boat but the enforced staying at home encouraged me to complete some jobs in the house. But my photographic exploits were still taking place and my photograph of sunrise over the Liverpool skyline was used as a weather photograph in the Granada television Weather Forecast.

Granada Weather Forecast screenshot showing my Sunrise over Liverpool photograph...

  ...and the original, un-cropped photograph

A couple of days later, on Saturday the 27th February, as it was a beautiful day, we drove up to Lymm to drop-off some things that we had promised in the Landrover Discovery courtesy car loaned to us whilst our Kia Soul was having RTC damage repaired. When we reached the Lymm CC Clubhouse work was being undertaken on the new Harbourmaster's Shed as well as a few members doing work on their boats after the winter.

Lymm on a beautiful February afternoon

It was good to catch-up with some of our friends and whilst we were there we were saddened to hear of the death of Margaret Hamilton from Thorn Marine at Stockton Heath. This was the third death we had heard of in the last few weeks. Margaret had been unwell for a while and we shall miss this lovely lady and her dry sense of humour. A couple of weeks later we read that Margaret's coffin was being transported from Thorn Marine to BMBC's moorings at Walton by narrowboat then by hearse to Walton Crematorium a short distance up the road. As luck would have it we had to travel to Warrington that day anyway to collect our car after having the RTC damage repaired and so we could pay our respects to Margaret on her way to Walton before carrying on to the other side of Warrington to collect our car.

Margaret Hamilton's coffin being transported to Walton on board Rambling Thorn

There were a few of us waiting to pay our respects... all socially distanced, and at the allotted time we saw Rambling Thorn rounding the bend on its way to Walton. The boat was steered by Margaret's son Nigel with husband Brian standing sentinel over the beautiful wicker-work coffin. As the boat passed we all clapped to show respect for a lovely lady that we shall miss and remember with fondness... rest in peace Margaret.

With the end of the COVID-19 restrictions due to take place in the summer, our thoughts are now turning to our 2021 Summer Cruise. We were initially thinking about a re-run of our 2020 plans to cruise to Stourport but a landslip at Anderton has effectively closed the Cheshire Ring and access to the Northern, Welsh and Midland waterways without a detour up the Rochdale or Huddersfield Narrow canals. We were playing with the idea of heading up the Wigan flight of locks and seeing how far we could manage to cruise but we shall have to see how quickly the landslip problem is solved.

Landslip at Anderton

(Photograph - Canalworld.net)

We decided to change our car after the RTC when a car went into the back of ours whilst Ange was driving, even though the repairs had been completed to a high standard. In our experience, when a car is involved in an RTC it is never quite the same again. Accordingly, we reluctantly decided to part company with our Kia Soul that had served us well over the last eight years. Another Kia Soul, albeit a much later model possessing most the the technological advances that we had admired in the Landrover Discovery courtesy car we had been loaned, was found via the Internet at Stoneacre in Wakefield. We arranged to have it transported to our local branch of Stoneacre and subsequently purchased it,

Our new Kia Soul at Stoneacre in Wallasey...

... and Ange ready to drive it away

Our first cruise of 2021 took place over Easter. Due to the Government restrictions we could not stay overnight yet, so we went up on the Saturday after Good Friday. I had driven up a couple of days earlier to make sure that everything was okay, run the engine and polish the interior woodwork making sure that there were no naughty spiders lurking to jump out at Ange! As soon as we arrived I brought the boat up to the water point and filled the fresh water tank. Not long after we arrived, Paul and Wendy arrived followed by their daughter, her fiancé and grandaughter. We planned to cruise up to Dunham Massey, have lunch on the towpath and catch-up on the latest news and happenings. Paul and Wendy set off whilst I finished filling the fresh water tank. When I was satisfied that there were no water leaks, we followed in their wake shortly afterwards. Initially, it was cool but as the day went on it warmed up considerably and we cruised through Dunham Village in warm sunshine.

Yours truly steering Squirrel through Dunham Village

Bollin Aqueduct Narrows

After turning around we retraced our path to the other side of the River Bollin Aqueduct Narrows and moored next to Paul and Wendy's boat. We all sat out on the towpath, socially distanced naturally, in the warm sunshine. After lunch I fell asleep in my chair and did not realise until a couple of days later that I had a little bit of sunburn! After chatting with our friends and a couple of cups of coffee later we started the engine and made our way back to our mooring after an enjoyable and surprisingly warm day out... hopefully, the first of many in the months to follow.

Moored at Dunham Massey

Socially distanced lunch on the towpath

The next weekend we went up to Agden and as the Government COVID-19 regulations had been relaxed we stayed overnight for the first time this year. An interesting boat passing through Agden was a 23 foot Mallard GRP cruiser called Popalong. We had seen this boat abandoned on the Trent and Mersey Canal a few years ago, then being refurbished at Stretford Marina before being sold to its new owners. It was good to see the boat in good condition and being used. That evening we were treated to a beautiful sunset. Our visit was short due to my having my second COVID-19 vaccination that lunchtime necessitating we left earlier than normal.

Mallard GRP cruiser... Popalong at Agden

Agden at Dusk from our mooring

A couple of weeks later I spent a couple of days on the boat doing some jobs. On the second day I noticed that the engine battery was not holding its charge even though the boat had been plugged into the landline which charges both sets of batteries. The battery had been on the boat since we bought it eight years ago so doesn't owe us anything. Whilst having a chat with Alan Savage he gave me a flier for Alpha Batteries in Rochdale. As I looked at the flier I noticed a photograph of a narrowboat on it. The narrowboat was none other than our previous narrowboat... Total Eclipse and was taken  at Ellesmere on our 2005 Summer Cruise.

The Alpha Batteries flier featuring a photograph of Total Eclipse...

... and the original photograph that they used

I rang them and after being quoted £90 over the phone I decided to  buy a battery from them. They could have delivered it the following day but I didn't want to risk my not being in when they delivered and Ange having to lift it into the house so I decided to drive up to Rochdale in person. Once at their premises I spoke to the sales staff (who sounded like Paddy McGuinness) who confirmed the amount quoted on the phone. I showed him the flier and told him that the narrowboat used to be mine and that the photograph was taken by me. I also said that I should receive extra discount in lieu of the royalties I didn't receive. He told me that the flier was produced by an outside company for a trade show about ten years ago. Accordingly, he did give me an extra discount and paid £80 for the battery. The battery was loaded into the car, went home and would be fitting it when I was next up at Agden that weekend.

That Saturday, with the new battery fitted and working well I discovered that the Eberpächer central heating unit was not operating. After checking all the connections and making sure that I had not disturbed any electrical cables or connections, I did a bit of research and discovered that after five unsuccessful starts the unit locks until its memory is cleared by an engineer with the correct equipment. It was May Bank Holiday weekend and we had planned to go for a cruise so this problem would have to be sorted at a later date. The next day we set-off for Stockton Heath in warmish sunshine and after stopping at Lymm CC to empty the loo we cruised for a couple of hours until we reached our destination.

An ex-working narrowboat that we met at Agden

Lymm on a pleasant May Day afternoon

Unfortunately, the weather turned cold and we had tea in Paul and Wendy's boat before turning in for the night. The next morning we were greeted with rain which accompanied us all the way back to our Agden mooring. I was soaked to the skin and after mooring the boat Ange peeled my wet clothes off me and made sure that I was warm with dry clothes. After a hot cup of coffee and a quick lunch we left for home. Needless to say, when we arrived home the central heating was turned up! We made plans to remove the Eberpächer and take it to our nearest service agent who I discovered was Anderton Marina. I had a chat with Gavin... their service engineer and arranged to take the unit there a couple of days later. Unfortunately, the weather thwarted our plans continually and I was becoming increasingly frustrated at not being able to sort this out and tackle the other jobs on the boat that were mounting up. hopefully, when the rainy period is over we will have some dry, warm weather that will allow me to crack-on with my plans.

The weather forecast promised wall to wall sunshine for the Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of May. The Saturday started off a little on the dull side but at least it was dry. After breakfast we loaded up the car and headed for Anderton Marina with the Eberpächer that Gavin could do the business. We had put the marina's post code into the car's sat nav in case it knew a more direct route that the one we usually take (M56/A559/Gibb Hill). It took us past the normal turn off at Gibb Hill and through Northwich Town Centre. After such a detour we put in the Anderton Boat Lift's post code and we were directed there without any problems. When we arrived at the marina we explained to Sue... the receptionist our problems and she told us that they were in a "sat nav black hole" and visitors usually get lost Whilst he had a look at it we visited the marina's café where Ange had a toasted teacake, I had a strawberry and cream scone, all washed down by latte coffees.

Anderton Marina viewed from their café

Just as we were finishing, Gavin came up to us and said that he had cleared the unit's memory but it was showing up a glow plug fault which required replacement. He explained that it would take a couple of hours and he might not get around to it today but would telephone us when it was ready. Consequently, we left it with him and headed for Agden. By the time we arrived at our mooring the sun had heated up everywhere and it was turning into a hot, sunny day. Once at the mooring we were greeted by a pair of swans and their nine cygnets.

The swans and their nine cygnets at Agden

We then had a catch-up with our friends Paul and Wendy and Ange's son... Michael turned-up for a chill-out. He stayed the afternoon and we had tea from "Lymm Chippy" which was very nice too. After a bit of a lie-in the next morning we cleaned the boat inside as we were having more visitors in the shape of Ange's sister Tracey, her daughter Danielle and her friend Nicky.

Tracey, Nicky and Danielle soaking up the sun on Squirrel's aft deck

They brought food with them and we had a very nice lunch alfresco in the brilliant sunshine. We would have liked to have taken them for a trip along the canal but with the Eberpächer missing there were pipes and cables hanging loose which would foul the fan belts if the engine was turning and because of their location could not be strapped-up out of the way. Just after lunch I received a telephone call from Gavin at Anderton Marina informing me that the Eberpächer was fixed and awaiting collection. I arranged to pick it up the next morning. Our visitors left and we chilled-out for the afternoon then watched the sun go down which was a beautiful display of colour. My daughter Lisa was aboard her boat Adeline on her summer cruise and had headed for the Shroppie. She sent me a message to tell me that she had reached Beeston... a place that we all hold in our hearts, and had sent me a photograph of her boat Adeline moored above Beeston Iron  Lock. She went on to say that four generations of the Wood family had operated Beeston Iron Lock and three generations had cruised there in their own boats... observations that were very true and brought a tear to my eye. That evening they had moored at Brockholes Aqueduct where the River Gowy passes beneath the canal just past Beeston Castle. She relived an episode from her youth by jumping into the pond formed by the River Gowy just before the aqueduct with her daughter Grace.

Adeline moored opposite Phial's mooring above Beeston Iron Lock

Paul, Wendy and Ange watching...

... a beautiful Agden sunset

Fortunately, we did not miss the central heating not being available as the boat retained the heat from the daytime but we could not run the engine to heat up the water on the boat. After breakfast Paul and I went to collect the Eberpächer. Needless to say, we did not use the sat nav but went by the usual route. £180 lighter we returned to Agden and I refitted the unit. It was a bit fiddly but eventually, everything was reconnected, the water system bled and I started the unit up. After a bit of smoke the unit settled down and appeared to be working normally. It seemed quieter than previously and I noticed a little bit of exhaust smoke escaping from the joint but couldn't do anything about it due to everything being hot. A job for next time I think. After this we stated the engine and followed Paul and Wendy down to Lymm to empty the toilet at the Lymm CC Clubhouse. It was a lovely cruise down in the brilliant sunshine and we received quite a few comments about Ange's solar powered wind spinner which was happily spinning on the boat's roof in the light breeze.

Ange's solar powered wind spinner

Once at Lymm we moored, emptied our toilets and had a chat with some of our fellow Club members in the yard before returning to our moorings for a late alfresco lunch courtesy of Wendy. After lunch we chilled out then started to pack our stuff up, put the boat to bed and head for home after the best weekend we have had for a long while. Let's hope that the weather stays hot and sunny for a while so that I can continue with my jobs in preparation for our up-coming summer cruise.

A gathering of boats at Spud Wood just past Oughtrington

The next day both Ange and I were off work. It was another nice day so we decided to go out for lunch. Lisa had already invited us to meet her on the Shroppie so we arranged to meet her at The Shady Oak in the shade of Beeston Castle. We were on our way when we received a telephone call from her saying that she had broken down just after Bridge 110... the bridge before The Shady Oak. It was a problem with the boat's steering and I said that I would walk down the towpath to find them when we arrived. After parking the car I left Ange ordering something to eat and drink whilst I went to find Lisa, her daughter Grace and boyfriend Drew. They weren't too far down the canal and when I met up with them Lisa showed me the offending part which was the quick-release coupling for the Teleflex cable to rudder linkage. It had seized solid and the socket aperture had worn allowing the ball on the rudder assembly to become detached from the cable linkage. I freed the seized linkage and Lisa put it back in place. It worked satisfactorily and so we continued to The Shady Oak. With the boat safely moored outside the pub we joined Ange and ordered food and drinks.

Adeline moored at The Shady Oak

Drew, Lisa, Grace and Ange at The Shady Oak

After we were all suitably refreshed, Lisa set off and we left for home. We had just driven over the hump-backed bridge at Golden Nook when we received another telephone call from Lisa who told us that the part had failed completely. We turned around and picked-up Lisa back at The Shady Oak and went hunting for a replacement part. My first suggestion was Midway Boats at Barbridge Junction Marina which is where we made for. On arrival we met Adam the proprietor who found a replacement part that was not quite identical but would do the trick. Whilst chatting to Adam I asked if Steve Batty was still around. I explained that we had bought our narrowboat from Steve and Adam told me that he had retired but calls in occasionally. Adam had worked for Steve for over twenty years and had actually done some of the refitting on our boat about ten years ago. With the replacement part paid for we returned to The Shady Oak and dropped off Lisa and continued on our way home. Lisa later telephoned us to say that the part worked well and that they were under way again. Mission accomplished!

Fuel boat Bargus at The Shady Oak

For various reasons we were not able to go up to Agden for a couple of weekends. although we wished that we had... but that is  another story! Changing the subject, every so often a picture or photograph catches my eye and I consider it worthy of inclusion in Canalscape. One such picture was a painting of a couple of children watching a horse-drawn narrowboat passing beneath a lift bridge on the Llangollen Canal most probably set over a hundred years ago. On inspection, I think that the bridge is probably Bridge 19 - Wrenbury Church Bridge. The painting is included below along with a photograph of the same location in more recent times for your appreciation.

A painting of a horse-drawn narrowboat probably passing beneath Bridge 19 - Wrenbury Church Bridge...

...and a photograph of the same location

I received an email from Lymm CC Chairman Keith Moore who was in the right place at the right time to witness the reopening of the restored footbridge below Big Lock at Middlewich. The footbridge had been out of action for over twelve months whilst it was removed and restored. The cutting of the ribbon at the reopening ceremony was performed by Middlewich Town Council Chairman Mike Hunter and Canal & River Trust Project Manager Tania Snelgrove on Friday the 11th June 2021. Attached to the email were a few photographs of the reopening ceremony which are shown below.

The reopening of the restored Big Lock Footbridge by Middlewich Council Chairman Mike Hunter...

(Photograph - Keith Moore)

...and the dignitaries posing on the restored footbridge after the reopening ceremony

(Photograph - Keith Moore)

That weekend I planned the next job on my "to-do" list was to polish the cabin sides paintwork in preparation for our Summer Cruise. We drove up to Agden and after catching-up with Mooring Officer Alan Savage and lunch I made a start on the port side of the boat. This side of the boat is exposed to the most sunshine and requires the most attention. First off... the oxidised paint was removed with T-Cut before the first application of polish. I was coming up later on in the week to complete the polishing and do a couple more jobs but for now I was satisfied with my efforts.

The difference that T-Cutting makes can be seen in this before and after photograph...

...and after completion, restored to its usual shiny finish...

...and from the other direction

A couple of days later Ange had arranged to go on a pamper day with her sister Tracey and was staying at the spa overnight. Accordingly, I booked a day off work and after dropping Ange off at her sister's Ruby and I made our way up to Agden to do a few jobs. I had noticed a leak on one of the windows so ordered the appropriate seals from Caldwell's Windows and a tube of Sikaflex 512 window sealant from Amazon in preparation for removing the window to seal the leak.

The location of the leak on one of the windows

Incidentally, if you follow the link to Caldwell's Windows website, the background photograph is of our Agden moorings. Caldwell's were most helpful with identifying the correct seals for our windows and are to be commended on their customer service. When I arrived at Agden, our Mooring Officer... Alan Savage had already made a start on removing the window but there was one particular screw (there's always one) that was being troublesome. A quick attack with a hacksaw blade saw the problem screw removed and the window frame was gently eased out, making sure that it didn't kink or bend.

The window removed...

...and the window aperture prior to cleaning it up (Dobby's watching)

With the frame removed, the old sealant and sealing strip was removed with petrol and the window aperture cleaned up in the same way. The new neoprene sealing strip was then stuck to the perimeter of the cleaned frame and Sikaflex applied on top of the seal, prior to refitting. With the window back in place and all the screws tightened I replaced the top hopper neoprene seal which caused the top hopper to stick, preventing it from opening and the bottom seal as well. I had sufficient sealing strip left to renew the hopper seals on the other windows and port holes at a later date. With the job completed it was time for tea and a well-earned rest.

The offending window back in place, mission completed

The following morning Ruby and I had a lie-in and after breakfast I gave the Eberpächer exhaust pipe coupling some attention as exhaust gases were seeping past it. After a bit of "jiggling" the pipe was restored to its proper position and the Eberpächer was started up. There was still a little bit of seepage that will be cured when a little bit of exhaust sealant is applied to the joint. After a cup of coffee I refitted the co2 alarm with screws as the self-adhesive Velcro buttons it was previously attached with did not like the heat from the gas hob below and fitted a new shelf over the microwave oven in the kitchen. Next on my list was to clean the window after being resealed then I continued with my T-Cutting the paintwork. Before long it started to cloud over and the temperature dropped considerably. I had previously spoken to Ange who was now back at home (complete with a suspected broken toe... but that is another story!) and told me that it was raining in Wallasey. Bearing this in mind, I thought it best to pack-up, tidy up and head for home. As I was walking down the moorings to the car park I noticed spots of rain starting to fall... I packed up at exactly the right time and headed for home, satisfied that I had accomplished all that I set out to do.

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With the window leak and Eberpächer sorted, the next item was to touch-up the paintwork on the roof. I suspected that it had started to peel because of a combination of bird droppings and being baked by the sun. My daughter Lisa is an accomplished canal art painter and sign writer and had promised to come up to Agden on her boat to remedy the peeling paintwork. I had arranged with Alan Savage... our Mooring Officer, for her to moor her boat Adeline next to ours and when we arrived on the moorings she was already there. The weather was not looking too good but as the morning progressed it brightened up allowing me to apply exhaust sealant to cure the seepage the Eberpächer exhaust and for Lisa to get her painting kit out.

Lisa touching-up Squirrel's paintwork

It did not take her long to finish the touching-up and after she had finished she painted the camera lens that the squirrel on our sign-writing is holding blue and also painted her trademark... a dragonfly just below the boat's index number. After a well earned glass of wine and cake she made her way back to her mooring at Walton promising to return after our summer holidays to repaint the roof. With jobs completed for the day we chilled out and as we went to bed it started to rain. There is something magical about lying in bed listening to the rain pitter-pattering on the boat's roof and it was not long before it lulled us to sleep. The next morning it dawned bright and dry but there were rain clouds on the horizon. After breakfast we came to the conclusion that we would not be able to complete any more jobs today so we packed-up our things and headed home. As we were walking down the moorings it started to rain torrentially. We took shelter under the covered area adjacent to the shed and waited for the rain to abate. After ten minutes it eased off and we made a dash for the car before the rain started pelting down again.

Agden moorings in torrential rain

 I just need a couple more dry, grey days to turn the boat around and give the starboard side some attention. The next weekend we turned the boat around and I started to T-cut and polish the starboard side cabin paintwork. Whilst the boat was facing the opposite direction I checked the window/pothole seals and lubricated them with olive oil to prevent them from sticking during hot weather.

Starboard side paintwork partially T-Cutted and polished

The week before we were due to go on our summer cruise I took a day off mid-week to finish the starboard side T-Cutting and polishing. I was blessed with perfect weather... dry,  and not too hot.  We were worried about Ruby burning her pads on the aft deck boards when the sun had been shining on them. Accordingly, we bought some inexpensive artificial grass to cover the aft deck with. This was fitted on the Saturday evening, after we had tea with Paul and Wendy, when the day started to cool-down. Even so, the sweat was running down face, into my eyes and stinging them. The rear doors had insufficient clearance between them and the deck boards but I had already thought about this and cut a diagonal slit where the doors would be when they were open which did the trick. The end result was exactly what we had wanted even though the strands of the grass were a little longer than we would have liked. Another benefit would be that the engine would be a bit quieter as well. The artificial grass could be tolled-up from either end it the engine compartment or weed hatch was to be accessed.

Artificial grass fitted to the aft deck to prevent Ruby's pads from being burnt on the hot deck boards

I still had a couple of days holiday to use up and have tagged them onto the beginning of my summer holidays so that I can take up our clothes, non-perishable items and do a couple of last minute jobs mid-week.

 

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Chapter 2 - Summer Cruise 2021

We were really looking forward to our summer cruise.  Last year's cruise to Stourport had been cancelled because of COVID-19 and this year Paul and Wendy were not able to accompany us due to family commitments. Ange had been offered voluntary redundancy from her job with Royal Bank of Scotland and decided to take it. With her not being bound by definitive holiday dates and my having quite a few weeks holiday left, we decided to have an extended three week cruise. As Ange has not been to Birmingham by canal this was to be our first choice of a destination. At the beginning of July, Lymm CC's 2020/21 Commodore... Brian Burns, announced that he was having an unofficial summer cruise to Stourport so we said that we might change our plans and join him and a few other Lymm CC members. We might even have time to venture onto the River Severn or complete our original plan to Birmingham. We shall just have to see what the weather is like and how long we spend dawdling up the Shroppie and the down the Staffs and Worcs.

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Canalography 2021

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Canal Cruising 2022

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Contents

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Forward
So You Want To Go Canal Cruising?

Introduction

 Book 1 - 1959 to 1982

 Book 2 - 1983 to 1999

 Book 3 - 2000 to 2005

 Book 4 - 2006 to 2007

 Book 5 - 2008 to 2009

 Book 6 - 2010

 Book 7 - 2011

 Book 8 - 2012

 Book 9 - 2013

 Book 10 - 2014

 Book 11 - 2015

 Book 12 - 2016

 Book 13 - 2017

 Book 14 - 2018

 Book 15 - 2019

 Book 16 - 2020

Our Boats
Ruby
nb Squirrel
Adeline
Canals on Screen
Canals Through the Ages (Coming soon)
Photography Introduction
Photographic Experiences
Canalscape Gallery

Diarama Gallery

Photography in One

The History of Lymm Cruising Club

The Duke's Cut - The Bridgewater Canal

The Big Ditch - Manchester's Ship Canal

Shroppie - The Shropshire Union Canal System (In Preparation)

The Manchester and Salford Junction Canal
Mersey Connections (In Preparation)

Wonders of the Waterways

2011 Gardner Engine Rally Report

Foreign Forays - Canals of the World

Worsley Canal Heritage Walk

Castlefield Canal Heritage Walk

The Liverpool Docks Link

nb Total Eclipse

Don't Call it a Barge

Canis Canalus
Shannon

Footnote and Acknowledgements

Site Map
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