Thursday, 24 August 2017

Basingstoke canal day 4

We left our mooring at Fleet 'the happiest, healthiest & wealthiest town in Britain' according to a recent Halifax quality of life survey. Plan was to get to the end of the navigation today but the canal had other ideas. 

More WW2 defences - tank traps.

 We were held up for a short while at embankment repairs to an earlier breach.

FL picked up a crayfish basket around her prop and the strong wire frame attached itself to the prop and rudder so well that I couldn't remove it all using the weed hatch. 

Gordon breasted FL with EHC to take FL to the slipway before Barleymow bridge, I donned the chest waders and got in with bolt cutters knives and hacksaw to remove the offending item.

When this picture was taken Gordon was grounded on the left, the boat on the right also went aground trying to get through and I couldn't move for the fouled prop.

Good moorings here at Winchfield Hurst, the Barley Mow pub beckoned so the boats were tied up and we went in search of well deserved refreshment.

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