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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 29th November, 2020)

Canal Boat

Canal Boat
Leeds Liverpool Canal, Haigh.

Photo: David  (Panasonic FZ330)
Views: 2,404

Comment by: John Noakes on 29th November 2020 at 00:04

I think it's the lancaster canal at haigh.

Comment by: Julie on 29th November 2020 at 07:17

Lovely picture with all of the Autumn leaves scattered, the boat is lovely and pictures to.

Comment by: PeterP on 29th November 2020 at 09:10

John the lancaster canal runs from Preston to Kendal with new links at the Preston end

Comment by: Mick on 29th November 2020 at 10:50

Thats how I like it, a nice dry tow path.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th November 2020 at 11:23

Quite a cheerful picture to see on a gloomy day like today.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 29th November 2020 at 11:44

The boat looks like it's waiting patiently through the Autumn days, dreaming of the Spring to come.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 29th November 2020 at 11:52

PeterP - Mick's right - the length from Top Lock to the bottom of the locks at Johnson's Hill was built as the southern section of the Lancaster Canal, but used by the L&L, rather than them wasting money building a separate cut, to complete their line.
The Lancaster bears left at Johnson's Hill, and continues to the Ribble, where a tramroad, built temporarily in 1803, was built across the river. Goods were unloaded from barges, transferred to wagons, and taken across to the northern section of the Lancaster at Preston. Wigan Coal & Iron Co. had its own barges on the northern section for the trade. The tramroad lasted until 1857.
The northern end of the Lancaster Canal is now only navigable as far as Tewitfield, north of Carnforth, having been chopped up by the M6 in 1968.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th November 2020 at 12:44

Makes you think of where you might be tomorrow or the next day...or week, somewhere different. I think if Sheila Hancock can handle a narrow boat at her age, I think I might be able to !!

Comment by: John Noakes on 29th November 2020 at 12:48

Peter, it's the lancaster canal section of the leeds liverpool canal from johnson's hillock to aspull.

Comment by: Poet on 29th November 2020 at 13:41

Beyond Carnforth , there's a canal bridge in a field that gives good shade to cows on hot days .

Comment by: DTease on 29th November 2020 at 15:28

What route had the Leeds /Liverpool planned to take from Wigan before they opted to join the Lancaster Canal at Top Lock?

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 29th November 2020 at 16:10

Replid this morning but it's not here -I'll try again...

Nice shot David. Nicely framed withthe autumn tree.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 29th November 2020 at 18:57

Dave, (Oy), I put a post on this morning that didn't appear and I had to repeat it. I thought I may have missed out the verification code but am almost certain I didn't. Some comments may just slip through the net.

Comment by: Edna on 29th November 2020 at 19:16

I agree with Veronica, lovely photo, on a dismal foggy drizzly morning.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 29th November 2020 at 21:10

My understanding is that the original proposed route of the Leeds - Liverpool canal was to proceed from Blackburn heading for the south of Preston, then turning further south to proceed directly towards Liverpool across the relatively flat Lancashire plain,... ( very few, if indeed any locks at all required in this area), ...., passing through Burscough, ( as it currently does), then on to Liverpool.
There wouldn't have been much coal revenue to be gleaned by taking this route in my view though, but then the Brussels sprouts trade may well have outweighed this shortfall around about Christmas time.
Little doubt I'll get torpedoed from certain quarters, but I haven't actually made this up, so I must have read it somewhere.

Comment by: John Noakes on 29th November 2020 at 21:28

DTease, wigan was originally a branch spur from parbold via the douglas navigation, then to the bridgewater canal at leigh. The main line was going to go from parbold to blackburn.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 29th November 2020 at 22:26

Oh! and since t'subject of sprouts has surfaced, it met prove timely to remind all and sundry that Christmas, being a mere three weeks away, it met be best fot get t'pon ont'th'AGA reet now, and get them sprouts bubbling away. A mean, who needs hard sprouts?

Comment by: DTease on 30th November 2020 at 00:09

Ozy, my sprouts have been on the boil since last Christmas. Yer can’t do nowt if yer sprouts are hard.

Comment by: Poet on 30th November 2020 at 07:01

One can hear the objections of the Georgian farmer to the proposed route Oz . Not In My Brussels Yield !

Comment by: Veronica on 30th November 2020 at 10:03

A small sprinkling of sugar helps to take away the bitterness of the sprouts bubbling away in the pan... but I have no idea about the hardness , apart from having a good set of dentures!

Comment by: . Ozy . on 30th November 2020 at 10:29

You can all keep your sprouts, hard or soft, with sugar or without. I'll be having the same this year as I had last. Beans on toast with a sprig of holly on top.

Comment by: PeterP on 30th November 2020 at 11:06

Ozy nearly like minded I said to missus we will have egg and chips on xmas day

Comment by: DTease on 30th November 2020 at 13:40

Veronica, Ozy never did recover his top set did he? What’s more, I don’t think beans are a good idea when you’re locked down in a small Air Raid Shelter.
Not much ventilation in one of them.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th November 2020 at 15:06

I thought that Dtease, but I didn't like to mention it. They are probably on Wigan Lane still. As for the eruption of gas in the old air - raid shelter he could end up blowing himself up. H e would need to take a canary in with him... poor thing!

Comment by: DTease on 30th November 2020 at 20:30

Poor little canary, one tin of beans and the poor birdie would be deader than Monty Python’s Parrot!

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