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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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Fred Dibnahs double decade at Etruria

We had a lovely time last night in the China Garden with Steve and Sheilagh from NB Harlequin and some friends of theirs joined us and we all had a meal together. Great carvery, Lin and I had the roast beef, it was delicious and very tender.
This morning Steve and Sheilagh left us to head back to Chester and we went to the out of town shopping centre behind the China Garden. Its quite large with many sheds containing Toys 'R' Us, Muck Donalds, Mothercare, PC World et al. We popped into Halfords to see if we could get some spare belts for TQs engine, but even though I had the part numbers they were unable to help. Then we went into B&Q to get a cassette hose, and they too didn't have what I was looking for either. So it was back to the China Garden for lunch and then we walked down to Etruria to visit the Industrial Museum. It's only £3 to get in and its well worth a visit. It shows the process how bone china used to be made and there's some machinery which is working and in steam once a month.

Yep! It just so happens dear old Fred was here twenty years ago today.

We've moved out of the marina today and moored just North of the China Garden. Brass polished this afternoon and the engine 'ole gutter cleaned of debris to stop it flooding into the bilge when it rains.

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