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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

BW at Derwent Lock

While we were moored back at Shardlow again we were informed by a BW worker that the lock had been damaged by a boater. He had not realised that his bow had slid under the rails and when the lock was filling it took the gate up with it and lifted the gate out of the cup. Consequently the next boat to use the lock found they couldn't shut the gate. BW was phoned and give them their due, they come out immediately and sent there crane boat up from Sawley to sort the problem out. Well they tried and tried and couldn't quite get the two gates to marry up. This meant that no matter what they did the leakage through the gate was pretty bad. After 5 hours they decided to get at least some of the boats through, which went pretty smoothly considering the amount of water coming in from the top gate when they emptied the lock.

This is a series of pictures showing the process.
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