Gas Street Basin stoppage (continued)

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Isn’t the water lovely!

Midnight last night (19/20 Feb), it was clear that the pump was not coping with the leakage in through the emergency stop gates.  I was told that the plan was to stanch off  the section from Worcester Bar almost to Salvage Turn.

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Assembling the staunch.


This morning, the work started on the coffer dam.

Though those guys are in decent dry suits, rather them than me.  


The stop gate that caused the problem - finally wedged shut.

The stop gate that caused the problem – finally wedged shut.


In addition to the pump in the workboat just behind the stop gate, there are now two larger pumps beside the footbridge, ready to start go.

To clarify exactly where the aqueduct / tunnels are, I have taken a photo of the 1899 10 foot to the mile ordnance survey map, and marked out the two rail tunnels (the one to Midland Railway’s Worcester Wharf  goods yard, the MR Birmingham and West Suburban line (the current main line to the West Country) and Holliday Street tunnel.

Salvage Turn Tunnels


Isn’t the detail on maps of this scale amazing!  Click on the image to see it in more detail.




Exploring the part completed coffer dam!  (or you see why CRT put up barricades when the work was finished!)

Exploring the part completed coffer dam!
(or you see why CRT put up barricades when the work was finished!)


The frames were left in, to be completed on Saturday.


The tunnel that the aqueduct runs over - five ways end.

The tunnel that the aqueduct runs over – five ways end.







Inside the tunnel – you could hear but not see the water flowing from the leak.


Water flowing from the tunnel

Water flowing from the tunnel

Marathon Challenge results!

Here they are! – the results, listed in order.

1     Clover                                  Micheal Pinnock       454.14

2    Tawny Owl                          Richard Powell         421  (Last year’s winners)

3    Indigo Dream                     Sue Cook                    409.14

4    Diesel And Dust                 Tom Murkin              409

5    Hampstead                          Barnaby Ball             400

6    Dove                                     Andrew Hoyle           383.47

7    Firefly                                   John Mosley              371.14

8    Albion                                   Martin Catterall       354.84

9    Panatha                                Ann Bell                     347.14

10  Peckham Poppy                  Nicky Harvey            345.26

11   Bogwoppit                           Lewys Morgan          340.43 (I think Lewys is the youngest skipper)

12   Chalis                                  Alan Fincher              330

13   Beau                                     Dave Payne               321.71

14   Telematchus                       Nick Norman           319.27

15   Felonious Mongoose        Charley Johnston    316.43

16   Goosander                          Steve Green              304.63

17   Red Wharf                           Stuart Makemson  296.56

18   Denry                                   Paul Callender        296.5

19   Joanna & dayboat  37        Mick Anson            285.14   (The only pair entered)

20   Golden Boyz                       Sandra Willis         280.31

21   Our Little Nightmare        Paul Roe                 253.86

22   More-Jam                           Ian Hartley            251.26

23   Stronghold                         Ray Oakhill             241.29

24  Notos                                    John Kelly              225

25   Nun                                      Benedict Todd        222.14

26   Iona                                     David Laws              220.5

27   Moments                            Doug Swain             220.43

28   Ryland                                 Richard Lacey         215.03

29   Alchemy                              Jill Reynolds           214.64

30  Mvcl                                     Piotr Kukfk              212.57

31   Crane                                   Jeff Bailey                208.47

32  The Cat Who Walks          Ian Hindle               189.09
By Himself

33  Carpe Vinum                       Darren Matthews   177.29

34  Balabor                                  Chris Clegg             163.71

35  Reginald                                Mike Bryant           144.25

36  Muskrat                                John Hammond     112

37 Noga Louise                          Lynne Robinson    106.25

38  Cobbitt                                  Jill Shepherd           67.77

39  Clarie                                     Laurie Booth            45

Congratulations to everyone who took part despite the dreadful weather!!

Thanks to Roy and John for organising the event, and for working out the results.

Also thanks to the  team at Hawne Basin for a great welcome at the finish line.



Questions on the BCNS Challenge

 In addition to how many locks and miles can you cover in 24 hours, there are a series of questions to answer, with additional points gained for correct answers.  The questions did not all carry the same points.

For those (like me!) who did not get all of the questions that I tried, here are the questions and answers.

Birmingham & Fazeley / Grand Union
Curdworth Village: In which road will you find the Post?      COLESHILL ROAD
Garrison Locks: A vital foundation for fishermen?      CORNERSTONE ANGLING CLUB

Dudley Canals
Merry Hill: Who crossed the marina but not the house ?      MICHAEL PORTILLO
Dudley Tunnel: How many limestone blocks form the portal of Dudley Tunnel?         23
Near Coombes Bridge: How many gullies feed the overflow weir?       6

Main Line and Loops
Icknield Port Loop :How many chimneys are on the old stable block?      3
Soho Loop :This bridge is at the centre of the earth?          ASYLUM BRIDGE
I didn’t understand this one even when I got the answer – from Roy Kenn (the organiser) “near the bridge is a parkland / educational facility known as the centre of the earth.  There is an information plaque on the bridge giving these details and the name

Wolverhampton Top Lock:  The Romans would know but how many years ago was it founded?   195
Bradley Arm What colour are the railings outside the dry dock?  (on the workshop)     YELLOW
Near Pudding Green Junction : It’s not the calendar girls but who will do a precision strip?   CAPARO  (precision strip steel makers)

Engine Arm: Name the junction where you can buy food and drink?        GLASSI JUNCTION

Titford Canals – Name the cottage beside the Navigation?   KEEPERS COTTAGE

Walsall Canal

Walsall Town Arm : Is this a first for the basin?     PREMIER INN

Wyrley and Essington

Cannock Extension – Tie a yellow ribbon round the old ??? Tree – What type of tree (sorry could not find an oak tree)?   BIRCH
Anglesey Basin – It has 6 sides but how many windows DID it have?    2  (The control building on the dam wall)

Who made them blue at Sneyd Junction?   DOULTON  (this one was a **** – there are a lot of blue things around Sneyd from graffiti – my guess – to motorway signs.   However the question was fair – the blue bricks on the bridge have the makers name stamped on them!!)