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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 21st April, 2014)

Lock 83

Lock 83
Leeds Liverpool canal, Wigan.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 4,093

Comment by: Mick on 21st April 2014 at 06:53

Theres a video here of lock 83


Comment by: Bren on 21st April 2014 at 08:10

Could you put a link on please Mick.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st April 2014 at 08:38

Note the new uprights between the top of the gates and the beams on the gates - careless boaters must have been letting their boats' bows rest against the gates as they went up or down. Then they've slipped forward when going up, and become jammed between the gate and the beam, or they've got hung up on their front fender going down, resulting in a bit of a panic as the bows have stayed put, and the stern has carried on rising/ falling....

Comment by: peterp on 21st April 2014 at 09:33

Who needs vandals to empty the canal when boaters are damaging the lock gates creating leakage

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 21st April 2014 at 10:03

Mick; Wonder why do some people put a dot over a capital `I` - there`s one on the name of the narrowboat in your video - `SMILE AND WAVE`. Wikipedia :-
Bren; Links cannot be put on P-a-D, you have to copy and paste into your browser.

Comment by: Mick on 21st April 2014 at 10:05

Bren these little numbers and letters are the link. http://youtu.be/_3iHAGBATP8

Comment by: Mick on 21st April 2014 at 10:11

Exactly Rev, These careless boaters where all female (two boats 4 women)
I was watching them bumping from lock to lock as I rode my bike up the flight to Haigh Hall.

And as I was coming down the flight I stopped and watched them bumping through some more locks.

There should be a law saying canal boats should only to be driven by a man.

Comment by: maggie on 21st April 2014 at 10:25

You can be assured that we never, ever, moored our boat like this. She was always securely moored at the towpath. When in the lock, she was always kept in the middle of the lock usually by moving gently back & forth with the water.

Comment by: Rubyshoes on 21st April 2014 at 12:09

Did you log it on your clipboard Mick.

Comment by: Bren on 21st April 2014 at 12:35

Thanks Ernest i didn't know that.... am not very good with computers..

Comment by: Mick on 21st April 2014 at 17:11

Ernest that dot above the i is a love heart.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st April 2014 at 18:00

It's not just the bumping into the gates which causes leaks, peterp - it's sometimes, as here, simply that enough care hasn't been taking when closing the gates. You can see that the water is gushing through between the gates - and that's because their mitres don't meet properly - the right-hand one is set too far back. If the gates had been closed together, the mitres would have met one another and formed a proper seal. It's not helped that the securing of the gate in the quoins (the hinge) on British locks is not as efficient as it could be - so the gates can fall out of true, making it difficult to get them to close efficiently... this is made worse by boats hitting the gates.

Comment by: Ken R on 21st April 2014 at 18:17

I saw your clip Mick, you should have named it " Novices at the lock" Bad seal on the gates. I noticed one of the boats was GREEN.

Comment by: Jemmy on 22nd April 2014 at 20:06


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