Sunday, 9 September 2012

Zulu and Rollo and other boats too

Early in our trip to the Ashby Canal we passed butty Rollo and tug Zulu, tied up just north of Braunston on the Oxford Canal. Four days later, having been to the end of the Ashby, we stopped for a very good lunch at the Lime Kilns pub. We sat with a good view of the canal (on the other side of the pub we'd have had a good view of the A5).

Part-way through the meal Zulu came past towing Rollo.

Other boats of interest there were Python in British Waterways colours; icebreaker Baltic; steamer Adamant; and middle Northwich Sextans.

Everyone was on their way to the Shackerstone Family Festival.

Sextans, below, has had an interesting history, being shortened and then lengthened. The name has changed too.


Anonymous said...

We were delighted to have our first viewing of Jubilee on Saturday and were very impressed. Ar-e there any canals in East Anglia?


Halfie said...

Glad you had a good day. East Anglia is full of waterways, mostly based on the rivers Great Ouse and Nene, with many of the fenland drains navigable too. Usual access to these is via the Northampton Arm of the Grand Union Canal, but it is possible to come from the north using the Witham Navigable Drains and The Wash. Then there's the Stour Navigation (mostly unnavigable) and the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (navigable, but not connected to the main waterways network). The Norfolk Broads are another "enclosed" waterway system (including some Suffolk Broads too). The nearest connected navigable true canal to us in Norwich is probably the Welford Arm of the Grand Union, or there's the Northampton Arm, or the Lee and Stort Navigations.