Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mountbatten and Jellicoe show how it's done

We travelled from Weedon to Stoke Bruerne today, stopping for lunch at Blisworth. This was probably a mistake as I hadn't allowed for the continuing restrictions at Stoke Bruerne Locks. At the time this wasn't an issue - we had originally intended to stop here. But we find we need to go home, and we have the offer of a lift to enable us to collect our car. This lift may appear around the time the locks open … and it all gets complicated. It would have been easier if we'd got at least to the 7-day moorings in the long pound. Never mind.

Several historic boats were passed today, including fuel boats Mountbatten and Jellicoe, which were tied up by the south portal of Blisworth Tunnel. After we had moored the pair came past to stop behind Sculptor.

At the right moment the steerer of the motor released one of the cross straps ...

… allowing the butty to slide gently past on the inside.

With Kathryn's assistance on the bank the pair slotted in in front of a Wyvern hire boat very efficiently.

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