We then carried on, past the Wolverhampton Junction where on Wednesday we will turn to do the 21, and onward toward Compton. We had decided to wind at Wightwick lock, backtrack and stop for tonight and tomorrow before tackling the Wolverhampton 21.
|Very picturesque winding hole|
After Compton you come to Wightwick Mill lock and this lock leaks like a sieve. In fact I was convinced one of the top side paddles was still raised judging by the amount of water pouring in. Ian advised me to sit well back on the bottom gates to stop the bow from being flooded. Because of Ians advice we ascended without mishap. Not so the boat who came up behind us. We had already moored and as he came past told of the horror as he watched the well deck of his boat fill with water. He was a lone boater and it was only his quick action of dropping the paddle that averted disaster. He was very shaken. Ian did no more then get on the phone to C&RT and report the situation. This is an accident waiting to happen!
|This photo doesn't do it justice but you can see how far into the lock the water flows|
|This years juveniles enjoying a wash and brush up|