Work party re-secures Titford Pump House moorings

There had been some thoroughly unpleasant incidents with vandals coming under Tat Bank bridge, crossing the canal on the bridging pontoon and vandalising

The first navigation of the Tat Bank feeder in many years! Photo Wayne Attwood.

some of the boats moored there.

It became apparent that the end of the fence blocking the access under the bridge had been removed.

A work party moved the pontoon that provided the access to the moorings, and found the missing piece of fence in the canal.

A subsequent work party re-attached the fence, (using the bolts from the bridging pontoon, and bending the bolts so they could not be removed again.)

With a bit of luck, the moorings should be secure again.  Certainly there have been no more incidents.

With the bridging pontoon moved, there is no definite end to the Tat Bank feeder, so Phoenix navigated down the cut for a hundred yards or so – the first navigation in many years.  Definitely not for the faint hearted – Phoenix unloaded draws very little water, and she was definitely pushing through the silt.

 

BCN Safe Moorings and Facilities Guide

A project for this year is to update our moorings and facilities guide – in two ways.  One of them is to revisit all of the moorings and reassess them, and the second is to add details and photographs of all of them on the website.

The pdf file, which is designed to be printed out (ideally on both sides of a sheet of A4) is to have in your pocket as an aide-memoire.

The web pages will have photographs and comments.  We welcome contributions of both.