At 58 feet length, TQ (as we call her) is a steel hull narrow boat built by Colecraft and fitted out by Elton Moss Boatbuilders. Currently based at Aqueduct Marina in Cheshire we're able to cruise some of the most popular waterways in Britain. The Shropshire Union, The Trent and Mersey, The Llangollen Canal, The Four Counties Ring and Cheshire Ring and more.

Our friendly Syndicate decided to go down the Self Management route on 1st March 2012 and so far it has been very successful. Please visit the other pages in this blog to see the new Web Site and if shares are available for sale. (There'll not be many).

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Our last full day

Started out in Birmingham this morning after these went past:-

Check the speed, the bow is out of the water

This is the reason the mooring bollards are getting loose and some already have "Do not use " notices on them.

This one is a bit slower

And these two even slower

The plan was to go up to the junction and turn into Ouzells Loop and come out near Old Turn Junction. This is where we found out that TQ is too long to go around the acute bend and we got stuck. Luckily a big strong man appeared, and with his help (many thanks) we managed get unstuck. So we proceeded along the BCN for a quarter mile and winded in the entrance to Monument Lane Railway Basin, no problems here. So back to Old Turn Junction and right towards The Mailbox where I tried to moor to take on water but the wind was so strong I couldn't get near quayside. after two attempts we decided to get water at Hopwood. A pleasant journey between the showers, and at Kings Norton we stopped briefly for lunch. Just as well because it rained hard just after we were moored. Onward, through Wast Hill Tunnel and we filled with water at Hopwood and arrived at our planned mooring for the night between bridges 61 and 62.

Approach to Wast Hill Tunnel (North Portal)

Along the way we saw this:-

A narrow boat covered in concrete!

This is our mooring for our last night

I'll blog again tomorrow...catch up with us then.

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