The Hatton locks themselves were a doddle, 2 hours 50 minutes from top to bottom even though every one was set against us.
A bit of a shock to the system for Mags. She only normally sees ONE eight-thirty in a day….the one after Coronation Street!
As the slope levels out the locks become further apart.
We had a bit of a hold up just above the final lock of the flight. The locks have been closed for maintenance, and a workboat with attached push-tug had been tied up just above the lock. But not very well….
The reason for it being adrift was apparent when I went to secure it again. You can see from the picture above that the tug is tied to a post on the long fence….
But the workboat had been tied to a rail, and the nails holding it to the posts had pulled out.
I tied it up again, this time to one of the posts, and we could get past into the lock.
George and Carol had arranged for a loo tank pump-out in the Saltisford Arm, so they went straight on, while we swung to the left following the main line.
We’ve just lit the stove…..
We pulled in just above the two Cape Locks to wait for them, and had soup and hot rolls ready when they arrived.
After all the earlier practice we were soon down these last locks after lunch, and pulled up below to fill the water tanks.
While we were filling a couple of boats arrived to go up. The first was spanking new, with crew instruction going on. The second was a hire boat out of Kate Boats, just ¾ mile away.
It took a bit of organising to get them both in the lock. I hope they didn’t intend to go up Hatton today; at the rate they were going it’d take them till tomorrow!
We’re still on the stretch of the GU that was improved in the 1930’s.
Dredge to 4’6”, eh. Not much chance of that!
Unusual motor conversion on the steel butty “Dusk” at Delta Marine Services.
We made a quick shop-stop at the handy Tesco near Bridge 46, then shortly afterwards crossed the River Avon on an aqueduct.
This is if course the same Avon that runs through Stratford before joining the River Severn at Tewkesbury. There have been plans mooted to make the 12 miles of river from Stratford to Warwick navigable (again), but the project is unlikely to come to fruition. Local landowners and other riparian interests, apart from the cost of such a plan, are likely to stop it dead.
Signs of Spring..
Time to “cast a clout”, maybe?
What does an alpaca wear in wet weather?
An Alpaca-mac! Groan!
We moored up after leaving the built-up area, near Redford Semele. Had a bit of trouble finding water that was deep enough, then I picked up something large and polyster-y on the prop which made steering difficult, but we got there in the end. Glad to put my feet up. Day off tomorrow.
Locks 23, miles 7¼