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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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Three days in hand and another record (for us).

This happened because we pushed quite hard the last couple of days to try to beat the weather, but it seems the weather isn't going to be so bad after all. Indeed today has been very dull and misty and from lunchtime, occasional light drizzle. We left the Queens Head Inn this morning at 07:00hrs and started to ascend the Tardebigge Flight. We took it in turn doing the locks, five on and five off, and we had a system working which made the flight easier and more enjoyable. Get this - THREE AND A HALF HOURS to do THIRTY LOCKS. I have to admit every one was in our favour, and by 10:30hrs we were finishing off the top lock. Time to stop for a break and as we have three days to use up, we decided we would press on to Gas Street Basin and we arrived at around 17:00hrs to find our favourite spot (Symphony Court) was already fully occupied on both sides. So we turned back and found a mooring actually in Gas Street Basin where Brenda from NB Mr. David recommended we moor next time we visited.

A view along the Tardebigge Flight

We had an interesting experience on the way here, at Kings Norton Junction a working boat pushing a mud hopper found himself jammed in the junction as he was bit too long to go around in one go and the wind direction wasn't helping either. He asked if I could nudge his mud hopper around so that it pointed into the Stratford Canal. No problem, and I carefully touched the side of the hopper and then applied a lot of shove but it wouldn't move, so he reversed back a little and I tried again this time with success, and he went on his way a happy chappie.

Sorted - Got him out of a pickle, happy to be of assistance.

The view from TQ across Gas Street Basin this evening.

We'll move out to Symphony Court tomorrow if we can, but first we'll have to do a recce on foot to see if there's a space.

1 comment:

Brenda Scowcroft said...

I've kept my eye on you and enjoyed reading about your trip. We have not been south of Tewkesbury yet, so it was interesting. Enjoy Birmingham!