....mostly about boating: on NB Jubilee and on our shared ownership boat Shadow
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Log found for 1984 Thames trip
After a little search I found the log, such as it is, for the trip we took in 1984 on Savoy Hill. Given that it's written on a scrappy bit of old TV script paper I think I've done well to keep it for 26 years. I'm afraid it doesn't reveal much beyond when we started and stopped each day, and where we tied up.
Purely for my records - more permanent than that old scrap of paper? - I'm transcribing the log here. The scribblings on the right look like a calculation of the number of locks passed, and probably a mileage tally too.
Sat 140484 1400 left Cowroast Marina 1500 Northchurch 1800 moored Three Horseshoes, Winkwell
Sun 150484 0950 left Winkwell 1940 moored Denham
Mon 160484 0850 left Denham. Many moored boats to Cowley Peachy Junction 1215 Bulls Bridge Junction 1320 Bridge 16, Paddington Branch 1345 Grand Junction Arms, Acton Lane,Harlesdon 1650 Cumberland Basin Winded at Hampstead Road Lock, Camden 1930 moored just west of Little Venice
Tue 170484 0615 left Little Venice 0945 Bulls Bridge Junction 1315 Brentford Lock 1530 tied up by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 1750 left Kew 1930 Teddington Lock 2010 moored Hampton Court
Wed 180484 0930 visited Hampton Court 1200 left Hampton Court 1900 moored Datchet, went to The Manor Hotel for meal
Thu 190484 0925 left Datchet 1000 stopped at Windsor 1115 left Windsor 1950 moored just below Sonning Lock
Fri 200484 0615 left Sonning Lock 0900 Pangbourne Lock 1900 moored just above Osney Lock
And that's it. That's all the detail there was. Nothing about the Sandford Lock Surprise, when Steve took an unplanned dip in the lock. Now locks are dangerous enough places if you're in the water, but when you can't swim ... We had no idea Steve couldn't swim, but his thrashing around in the water didn't look like it was done for effect. The lock keeper acted before I could even think of the life ring on top of the boat. He'd thrown a buoyancy aid on a line to him and he was saved.
Below is the reverse side of the log.
Now I have to find the photographs from the trip. In those days it was on 35mm, of course, and I probably shot no more than a 36 exposure roll.