Having moved the boats that wished to go out of the Worcester & Birmingham side of the basin, the next thing was to shut the emergency gates, in preparation for pumping out the cut.
The tug came up from Granville Street bridge, and closing the emergency gate would only take a moment.
Snag – though the gate in the Worcester Bar had been checked this morning, it certainly wasn’t moving now.
Get a bigger hammer!
Across several hours, from about 16:30 to 21:30 and continuing – the gate has been moved about a foot!
Still, the pump is ready to go as soon as the gate is shut. It looks like being a long night for some.