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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Sunday, 25 September 2011

So much happened today...

What a day its been, we left our moorings at Fotheringhay at around 09:40hrs and chugged down stream without much in the way of plans.
Fotheringhay Church

 First we spotted some red kites. How do I know? They've got white patches under their wings and black wing tips. Also there's that distinctive vee tail. Impossible to take a photo, though. Whilst staring into the sky, we spotted some parachutists further in the distance. The aircraft doing the dropping was flat out all day making sortie after sortie with more parachutists.

It was very windy again today, you can tell by the way the trees are bending.
Paul McCartney sang "The willow turns its back on inclement weather"

At Yarwell Lock we moored up on the landings there and a fellow from the boat already in the lock said that the mechanism had broken and the guillotine gate had stuck half way down. He couldn't get his boat out of the lock because the gate was down too far, and he couldn't fill it because the gate wasn't down far enough. He'd phoned the Environment Agency and they were sending someone to fix it. After the risk assessment and the method statement had been written a work permit was applied for. Then a job sheet had to be issued and overtime at 2x rate (Sunday) had to be authorised...No, I'm kidding, they got on with it straight away and it wasn't long before we able to go through. Apparently a shear pin dropped out, its a mechanical fuse.

EA engineers at work. Well done fellas and thank you.

Our mooring for the night (48 hour)

A bit of additional information for you.

View over the railway bridge
Wansford Signal Box

Shortly after we arrived...good job I had the camers ready.

The driver is waving at Lin on TQ - He's pulled!

An aerobatic display

And to cap it all off, we had our own private aerobatic display by this pilot in the bi-plane - The perfect end to the day.

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