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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 28th November, 2019)

Weather Vane


Weather Vane
At Wigan dry dock.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: Cyril on 28th November 2019 at 01:10

Never seen that Mick, though saying that; I've never been past there to see it.

Looks to be a strong north easterly about to blow, that'll get all those remaining leaves of the trees and scatter the litter, it'll give all of Alan's uncountable wigan council road sweepers something to sweep up. :¬)

Comment by: kath on 28th November 2019 at 09:02

love that blue sky. It seems like a distant dream!

Comment by: Veronica on 28th November 2019 at 09:40

Don't see many of them these days, but I suppose they aren't really needed with all the weather forecasts we get ( right or wrong). Fancy metal work though, shouldn't there be a Weather Cock on top? (Either blown off or flown off)! ;o))

Comment by: David Barker on 28th November 2019 at 09:54

Looks like there's something missing on the top. Any ideas Mick ?.

Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2019 at 10:06

Kath the blue sky is still up there above the clouds

Comment by: Johnny on 28th November 2019 at 10:31

Thats how the word - NEWS came about
from the points of a compass or in this case a weather vane
North
East
West
South
Information came from all corners of the globe

Comment by: Philip G. on 28th November 2019 at 12:59

Nor had I seen this particular vane before, Cyril. But North Easterly? Was it not a South Westerly that was a blowin', matey?

Comment by: Maureen on 28th November 2019 at 14:50

If Fred Dibnah had still been around,he'd have finished it off with a weather cock.

Comment by: Veronica on 28th November 2019 at 15:22

Being as it's a boat - perhaps a couple of sails would have been a finishing touch...
But who am I to suggest...

Comment by: Alan on 28th November 2019 at 16:51

No it should be said as North, South, East and West. This is a Weather Vane and not a Cock.
On top of the Vane would have had four wind cups spinning round.

Comment by: Arthur on 28th November 2019 at 17:33

Cyril my friend, Alan is very much right about Wigan Council's road and pavement cleaners.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 28th November 2019 at 18:57

I think Fred would have been quite happy with it the way it is, Maureen - he was also a canal enthusiast.

Comment by: Ken R on 28th November 2019 at 18:58

David, I don't think that there is something missing. Along the top is a coal fired narrow boat the prow is to the left and the cabin and smokestack to the right.

Comment by: Johnny on 29th November 2019 at 08:56

Suggest what you like Veronica. Its a free world, still ?
The answer was supplied by Ken R
Its a barge or longboat depicted on the top.
Obviously a sail boat wouldn't be able to navigate the canal.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th November 2019 at 12:21

As you can see I am not familiar with the boats on the canals- apart from watching Prunella and Timothy West on the telly. It was quite a number of years before I realised how picturesque the canals had become.... It's 50 years since I lived any where near the 'cut'....nothing but grime and pit shale paths is all I recall, certainly no trees or vegetation.
So much better nowadays, no wonder we get all the canal photos conveying all the natural beauty....
Thanks for pointing out the obvious Johnny and Ken R.

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