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31B's Green And Silver Voyage.

Posted by Mick Farrell 
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
06 September, 2011 22:15
Leaving Daingean Sunday morning

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Fairweather Fishermen...sheltering from rain beneath Killeen Br.



B Na M lift bridge at Red Girls...unattended and closed..!!



...1431...Open Sesame...!


Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
06 September, 2011 22:27
Longer Reach Dredger needed at Rhode Br.



Weed in channel, beyond reach...?



More signs of "muck raking"



Rathmore Br and Emergency Stop Chamber


Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
06 September, 2011 22:35
"Aground" in weed just before George's Br. (Dredging has'nt reached here yet..!)



Colgans Br.....



Turning in under Downshire Br....(aground on left bank)



Through Downshire and heading up the Edenderry Branch


Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
12 September, 2011 03:26
Still in Edenderry, but here's another piece of Heavy Metal Heritage to be going on with. See [www.iwai.ie] for this weekends gripping installment...!!

M(W&W)F

"I hear that train a coming"...





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2011 06:09 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 18:45
Another attempt at a Summit....!!

Left Edenderry at about 09.00 on Tuesday, heading for Robertstown overnighht and Sallins today. Levels were down about 4" on the long level and about 3" between L 20 and Lowtown, but other than having to plough under The Downshire, were reasonable due to recent dredging. There's been quiet a bit of dredging done between Ballycommon and Lowtown in the past year and while I would prefer to see the canal "drained and dregded", doing it with the canal in water does help a bit.

I almost made it to Robertstown but ran out of water 100 ft before Binns Bridge as the summit was down 4 or 5 inches. I rang Jimmy Conroy to apraise him and he assured me the level would recover overnight. Guess what...when I looked at 10 AM today, the level was down 8 or 9 inches...!! Unfortunatly, Jimmy was on a day off today, and the lad replacing him, not knowing I was aground up near the bridge, and seeing that the level below 19 was down, started racking water down the Shannon Line, leaving me even higher and dryer...!!

It does seem that since the advent of lock keepers days off, water managment on the canals has taken a turn for the worse. There seems to be no system or process by which information is passed between the lock keeper and whoever is covering him, to advise of boats on the level already, or expected onto the level. Also, the water managment aspect of lock keeping, especially on summit levels, requires highly detailed knowledge of the locks and levels being covered...e.g. which lockgates are leaking and by how much, how much of a difference will last weeks rain or dry spell mean to the level etc. It's dificult to believe, but when water is being racked down, opening the rack by one toorth more or less, can mean the difference between a level remaining full enough to navigate or loosing too much water. It takes years of actual experience with a given set of levels or locks to learn their idiosyncrasies, and you just can't expect somerone to come in for a day and know it all...!!!

Anyway, I managed to plough backwards a couple of hundred feet from the bridge today, just so I would'nt be blocking the navigation completly, assuming the level recovers...!!!

MW&W)F

PS..I heard a whisper yesterday that boats are being "evacuated" from the other summit...anyone heard anything...??

Ready to pull away from 95B



Up to the harbour to turn



Lots of weed in the harbour so turning was very slow



Turned about and heading back out





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2011 19:34 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 18:54
Heading back East on the Main Line.....grounded hard coming under



The Blundell Aqueduct...not as impressive as the M50 one perhaps, but much older



A break from the weed cutting



Top end of the long level at Ticknevin, Lock 20





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2011 19:22 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 18:59
Billy Mc Cormack does some maintanence



Mudboat above the lock



Passing traffic just before Lullymore



The Barrow Queen





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2011 19:23 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 19:05
Old Bord Na Mona Lift Bridge....needs new rubbing strakes.



Anyone looking for a project ...?



...or this one on the opposite bank..!



Quack, Quack





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2011 19:24 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 19:10
Another Mudboat just before Lowtown



Entering Lowtown



Work in Progress



Top of The Barrow Line





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2011 19:25 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 19:16
The Eustace, 52M
[heritageboatassociation.ie]



Jimmy Conroy lets me out onto the summit level



18.35 hrs....are'nt the evenings getting short



CLOSE...but no cigar...!!


Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
21 September, 2011 23:33
Hi Mick

Yes, apparently Coolnahay harbour is being evacuated, due to lack of water!
Those shots of Lowtown are a real blast from the past. My boat was moored just beyond the footbridge on the Barrow line, in the spot now occupied by the boat with the brown canopy. Hope they have more luck than I did!

Duncan

Duncan
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
22 September, 2011 00:23
Hi Duncan

Having spent many happy winters and a few summers in Lowtown what happened just past the bridge ?

John
31B's Green and Silver Voyage
21 September, 2011 21:44
Hi Mick,
In response to your query about conditions on the other summit level, I
limped into Coolnahay on Sunday evening. Yesterday morning I got a call
from Liam of Waterways Ireland (can't remember his second name) asking
me to move my boat --- they were evacuating the harbour because the
level was down 14 inches and still dropping. I told him I was very busy
writing television scripts and asked him to organise a crew to rope the
boat down through the 26th to the next level. I don't really know
what's going on but it seems as though the Royal is currently closed to
through navigation and it seems a bit odd that we've had no official
notification of this. I wish I was as far advanced as you are on my
Green and Silver. All the best, Dick.
Re: 31B's Green and Silver Voyage
21 September, 2011 23:17
Hi Dick,

I would have said you'd catch me up pretty handy till last weekend. 18 hours for Elswhere to do what took 31B 10.....unbelievable..!! We did put the engine back inside the boat, not underneath it.....did'nt we....??

M(W&W)F

PS...Good to know about the Low Water Levels at Meelick.......!!
Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
22 September, 2011 18:14
Hi John

Not for a public forum, sorry.
Though there have been a couple of changes of management since, so I'm sure you have nothing to worry about!
And it's not all bad. I did, after all, meet my wife of 17 years there, so even if the boat never gets done, I've still done well out of my time there, really!

Duncan
Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
08 October, 2011 01:18
The levels back up to near normal so managed to squeeze through Robertstown and across the summit today. Could definately use a bit of dredging as I ended up slaping the quay wall getting off a mudbank mid channel. Due to a late start and a lack of daylight, only managed to get through L 16 where I tied up several feet off the jetty. Picking stones at Louisa Br tomorrow so, Sunday or Monday perhaps...?? Many thanks to Martin Forgarty for assistance with locks, despite the late call...!!

M(W&W)F

The other side of Binns Br.



Healys Br....closed off Blackwood Feeder on the right just past....



Summit level Silting.....It's just possible it could end up in Limerick Marina one day...!!



A few bits of tree cutting needed.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/10/2011 01:21 by Mick Farrell.
Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
08 October, 2011 01:52
Lock 18, end of the summit level.



All downhill from here....



31M at Landenstown
see [heritageboatassociation.ie]



A reminder of longer days....Portrunny, 05.00 hrs, 3rd July 2011


Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 October, 2011 20:32
Managed to get a few spare hours today, so moved 31 on to Sallins.

M(W&W)F

Digby Bridge and Lock 16



The Liffey (downstream) from the Leinster Aqueduct....



....and upstream



The Leinster Aqueduct





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14/10/2011 20:35 by Mick Farrell.
Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 October, 2011 20:43
....A whole foot to spare....!!!



Soldiers Island...West channel....



.....and East channel on left



Sallins Bridge.


Re: Re: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 October, 2011 22:06
I reckon you've got the makings of one of those posh, coffee table, books there Mick!
10 web pages of pictures and a little bit of often-witty prose... and more still to come!
Get it printed, with a page of an introduction, wrap it up in a hard cover, pop a fancy dust jacket on it and there it'll be!
I'd buy it, even though I've no coffee table, nor any place I could conceivably put one.
How about it?

Duncan
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