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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 6th February, 2011)

Gathurst


Gathurst
Leeds Liverpool Canal at Gathurst.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony camcorder HDR)
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Comment by: alan on 6th February 2011 at 00:49

What a good photo. Interesting composition

Comment by: brian d on 6th February 2011 at 07:18

a nice clear photo,well framed.

Comment by: Ron D on 6th February 2011 at 08:17

Nice one ,and a broad boat to boot.

Comment by: maggie on 6th February 2011 at 09:41

Sorry, Ron, that is a narrow boat. it is just like the one we had a share of. We managed to do from Leeds to Gathurst - not in one fell swoop, mind you, but very enjoyable.

Comment by: mick on 6th February 2011 at 10:58

Maggie its a broad bottom boat like Ron says

Comment by: BREN on 6th February 2011 at 11:16

Maggie , think you will find that is a broad boat.

Comment by: Ron D on 6th February 2011 at 11:27

Maggie .That won't go in a narrow lock .It is not an L&L boat. Its bows are like a narrow boat, but that's all. Its beam will be about 14 ft.
About 10 years ago a hull like that was brought down to Douglas valley for fitting out ,from somewhere near Leeds powered by a 4 horse outboard motor .That could be the one.

Comment by: BREN on 6th February 2011 at 11:28

sorry !!! wide beam !!!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 6th February 2011 at 13:49

On the left side of the brickwork you can see the wear marks made over many years from the rope of the horse-drawn boats. Horses were needed to pull big barges and carry goods between the canal and the place where they were needed...
Good photo Mick.

Comment by: MikeW on 6th February 2011 at 17:29

Its termed a broad or wide beam boat and limted pretty much to the L&L the Bridgewater and the Lancaster all of which have double width locks throughout their lengths. There are dozens of them with home moorings in the area inc Crooke, Fetllers and Scarisbrick marinas and those with private moorings like the one in the photo.
Preston Brook and the start of the Trent and Mersey is about as far south as you will be able to take it......unless you grease the sides and try to squeeze it through the tunnels!!

Comment by: Ken R on 7th February 2011 at 00:08

How come there are no slots in the arch of the bridge for the horses ears?
Nice place, been there lots.

Comment by: Bob on 7th February 2011 at 11:09

Ken R you're a nutcase.

You can see the christmas lights on the trees and garden, lovely.

Comment by: christine on 7th February 2011 at 12:08

remember that bungalow being built , also there used to be agypsy caravan to the right of the pic.in fact when i was little , there used to be lots of caravans there ,used to go and get our bottles filled with water

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