Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Big One (4-3)

Tuesday 24th of April 2012.

River Went Aqueduct to Dutch Riverside Moorings.

The day started out a bit downbeat when the carcase of a dead deer came floating by. There are sections of the canal where stones have been tipped into the canal to provide an exit point for animals that are unable to climb out because of the pilings. As we left a mallard with ten chicks came begging for food.

08:00 While the Memsahib prepared breakfast, I did a bit of boat tidying. I have purchased a few additional rope fenders and so I spent some time locating the new ones in place.

10:30 A pretty uneventful trip ensued with only a couple of other boats moving in the opposite direction. The weather has improved a bit and the weak sunshine raised our spirits. A few more mallards with chicks were noted as we made our way along the canal.

12:05  Goole visitor moorings, friends John and Tracy were waiting with a backlog of snail mail. We have tried as far as possible to change everything over to electronic mail. But the unwanted advertising stuff still seems to arrive OK.

Started to make a simple template of the cratch cover. I should then be able to transfer the measurements to paper and get a few quotes done. I gave up after a while as the wind picked up and made it impossible to mark out the material. Bumped into Anne of Pipistrelle II who we met up with last year.

Very heavy weather is predicted for tomorrow so we will be battening down the hatches so to speak. A few large  commercial  barges are moored up at Goole. I grabbed a few photographs.

Joyce Hawksley


We also came across Brodsworth that we usually see moored up at Eastwood Lock.


There is also an old Thames Pilot moored up here.

Thames Pilot

Even the wildlife was having a relaxing time. A pair of Swans are nesting inside the marina entrance. The Pen and Cob seemed to be totally relaxed about people walking past within a few feet. The bowl is for food scraps from boaters in the marina.

Daily Total
Miles: 6.6
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 2.5

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 640.2
Locks: 645
Swing / Lift Bridges: 103
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 8
Engine Hours: 2083.3


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