Saturday, 13 September 2014

Two old boats in a bridge hole

We'd not been up long before we heard the unmistakeable sound of a Bolinder engine. It didn't seem to be getting nearer, so I looked out of the bow doors and saw this.

Spey, towing Betelgeuse, had stopped in the bridge hole for a crew member to clear the blades - at least, that's what it looked like.

When they came through I saw that it was James of MB Willow steering the motor. (Amy was in the hold of the butty.) An unexpected and very brief sighting, and I'm sorry if our mooring position made it tricky for you.

These short days we're doing give us more time for looking at places. We tied up in Coventry Basin and had a brief look at the Transport Museum before moving on to the cathedral. Here Choral Evensong had just started, so we stayed for the rest of the service. (We'll return to the Transport Museum tomorrow.)

There are lots of old buildings, many of which were rebuilt after the war. Here's one shot of Coventry Almshouses.

Here is our mooring for the night, next to the statue of James Brindley. I might move the boat into one of the "fingers" of the basin in the morning to give more space to any boats needing to wind.

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