Friday, 10 February 2012

Timelapse: Going down the Wolverhampton 21 as the sun sets

This 2' 43" timelapse film is the continuation of Day 6 of our April 2011 cruise. We'd set off from the visitor mooring at Ocker Hill Tunnel Branch just before half-past eight in the morning and had reached New Bentley Bridge at Heath Town on the Wyrley and Essington nine hours later. This film picks up from there, showing us turn right at Horseley Fields Junction in Wolverhampton and then start the descent of the flight of 21 locks. We meet Andy Tidy, aka Captain Ahab, at Lock 6: he helps us down the rest of the flight.

We pause at Lock 11 to let the engine cool down after it overheated. If it hadn't been for this delay we'd probably have got to Aldersley Junction in daylight: as it was, we did the last few locks in the dark. You can see occasional flashes of torchlight.

As the sun set in front of us the camera picked up some lovely colourful images.

For a fuller account of this day's cruise, including the overheating story, click here.

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