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).

I am having to place a watermark on the blog content as someone on Facebook is stealing photos and claiming them as their own. I wouldn't mind if they asked first and attributed it to my blog. If it continues I will name and shame them. I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment.

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Sunday, 31 January 2010


We tried and failed. The ice on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal is too thick. We moved out of Alvechurch and cruised to Just South of Wast Hill Tunnel. If the ice was as thick between here and Gas Street Basin we would'nt be able to get there before dark and the risk of mooring in the pound North of Wast Hill Tunnel is too high, so its best we moor here just South of Bridge 69.

Our current location South of Bridge 69 on the Worcesterand Birmingham Canal

The adventure starts here

We're just getting ready to load the car with all the parafernalia that comes with narrow boating. I've had a thought, (careful) I have'nt washed the car, its in a bit of a state with driving through muddy lanes. Oh! well... If I'd washed it, it would probably be filthy dirty again by the time we get to Alvechurch.

I've checked for stoppages on the BCN and the Worcester and Birmingham and its all clear, just a restriction at Selly Oak.

I'll catch up later, hopefully from the Gas Street Basin area.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Best laid plans...

Well, it looks as though most of  the canals around Alvechurch are closed at various places due to planned and unplanned maintenance. We were hoping to cruise the Grand Union but the Stratford is closed just North of Lapworth Junction, so we thought Birmingham and we'll cruise some backwaters we've not been before. Think again, the Worcester and Birmingham is closed at Selly Oak for a new road and aqueduct. Only one route left, the W and B to Worcester - Tardebigge again - and again on the way back. Oh! well, its all good excercise and we really need excercise.

UPDATE: 23/01/10
The stoppage at Selly Oak has been lifted.