I had an e-mail from my spies in Birmingham two days ago which alerted me to an incident at Lapworth Locks on the Stratford Canal. A boat waiting in a pound close to the head of a lock had assured a descending boat that it could enter the lock.
But it couldn't. There wasn't enough room, and the two boats got firmly wedged. No amount of revving in astern could drag the descending boat back out of the lock, and the other boat couldn't move either.
Eventually someone chiselled out the edging bricks to make a bit more space. It seems a rather drastic measure, and I hope that it was a BW person doing the destructive work, and that it will be made good.
My spies tell me that the bricks were then thrown into the bushes. Several boats were held up while this was going on.
Photographs courtesy of AAH.
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