There are several possibilities as to what may have happened. I assumed a boater must have thought they could clear the gauge, realised to late as it went under the sign, reversed out catching the sign and taking it back with it thereby causing the damage. Ian, on the other hand, seems to think that someone had climbed down from the bridge and tried to stand on it. Whichever one it was, this had now become a hazard. We managed to miss it by taking the boat hard over to the right. It would only take a moment for a boater to loose concentration to severely damage the boat or even themselves. A phone call to BW was on the agenda once we had moored up at Hanbury Junction again.
Now that we had successfully got back through the culvert, our next task was to put the two top boxes, horn, TV Arial, tiller pin and plant pots back on the roof. We completed this task at the same lock where we had removed them all yesterday. 3o minutes later we were once again on our way and who should we meet at the staircase locks, but a volunteer lock keeper. Ian told him of the damaged sign and he said to leave it with him. He then helped us the rest of the way, using the side pounds to half fill the lock before fully lifting the ground paddle thereby saving water. He also placed the pieces of wood on the bottom gates of the top lock helping to keep them open. No need to bring our pole out today to keep them open..
|Water coming in from the back, filling the lock from the side pound.|
|So that's what the wood is for!!|
At the top lock, several contractors and BW folk ( or should I say CRT folk) were erecting a hut. Asking what it was for, we were informed it was for the volunteer lock keepers. I was surprised that his flight needed lock keepers, but as they pointed out some ( especially hirers ) don't know how to use the side pound to fill and empty the locks so felt it needed someone to show them how. Personally I felt an informative sign would have probably sufficed!!
I'll leave you with a few more photos of Vines Park.
|Moorings last night|
|Great White Shark painted on the far wall|