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31B's Green And Silver Voyage.

Posted by Mick Farrell 
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Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
09 July, 2011 18:27
Hopefully not Eunice....but I either need more water or to get the boat up several inches. I shall be refering the matter to WI on Monday and seeing what solutions they may have to offer. The boat below got through though...!!

M(W&W)F

Well....some navigational clearance anyway...!!!


To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
09 July, 2011 20:57
Come on lads and lassies. There ye are, around your various waterways, smug as bedamned. I'm up in Dublin and happy to be there - it's marginally more congenial than Melbourne.

Now one of my other passions, apart from the Waterways, is word meanings and their (preferably Latin) derivations. Now Mellifluous Mick, Rachel and various other folk have been using SNIBBLING.

De Book defines it as :

Definition: v. tr. To eat in a peculiar or ritualistic manner in an effort to lose weight while consuming more. n. An idiosyncratic method of eating, usually adopted for "health reasons".

It means something different on the Royal; please someone explain.

Jim Murray
BBC BSF
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
09 July, 2011 21:39
Hi Mick

I'd say you're right and there is a foot, or more, missing off the level.
It'll be interesting to see what solution WI propose!
At least it's not a bad place to wait.
It would be a real shame to have to go back, missing all the new stuff at this end.
I remember my own passage there, on one of Derek Whelan's barges. The bridge itself was totally uneventful, but a HGV seemed to have had issues with it and we were fascinated by it's position. We were at a total loss to figure out how it had got to where it was, or how it was going to be recovered.
Any body know what happened?
Duncan

Duncan
RE: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
09 July, 2011 23:20
Well, the urban dictionary gives several other meanings, the most voted for being 'Snibble: {sni-bull} the shuffle with your rear in order to move' which seems to fit the description. The rest of the meanings given are cruder and not suitable for a family channel such as this. Although the description by Mick Farrell earlier involved various parts of anatomy and was quite graphic (and entertaining) Al
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
10 July, 2011 21:36
Nead's Bridge, needs water...!!!


Spoke with Liam Croash today and WI now have all pumps running to bring the level up as much as possible, so hopefully I'll be able to get through next Wednesday...!! The main problem seems to be that some sections of bank have been allowed to erode/subside over the years and that rather than rebuild the banks, the level was let drop to prevent it overflowing. There are also issues between WI and Westmeath Co. Co. regarding the amount of water they are allowed take per day to top up the canal. Liam tells me I may get 3 to 4 inches more from the pumps with the possibility of another inch if we have a few days heavy rain...!! Diagram below of the bridge (as best as I could measure) to give 'yis an idea.



Many thanks to Comrade Joe Griffen, Boater, Camper Vanner, devotee of the grape and conniseur of fine footware, for the catchy title for my next campagain....!!

M(W&W)F

Winter Solstice had enough water..!!



Nead's Bridge as it would look from back deck..!!



Will WI pay my bar bill..??


Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
10 July, 2011 21:50
Hi Mick,

My (first) blog post is prepared and ready for realese at about 07h07 tomorrow morning. Great sketch... where's 31B's hull outline? ;-)

Cheers for now,
The Raincoats...
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
10 July, 2011 22:00
Ooooops......sorry Vossie....forgot to give you a mention. Many thanks, to yourself and tea-boy for your help with the measuring etc...!!!
I'll keep you posted as to what me plans are.

M(W&W)F
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 01:50
Jim....

Per ditchus muckius deplorum,
XXXIB est navigorum,
Via bridgius blockus,
Et plasticus shockus,
Scriptio storium ad forum.

Micus Willius (mmxi copyritius)

Dry dockus Shannon Harbourium





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/2011 01:54 by Mick Farrell.
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 09:30
Pay attention that boy at the back!

Lovely bit of BOG Latin Mick. But none of ye have told me what SNIBBLING means on the canal.

Jim
BBC BSF
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 10:02
OOOps sorry Duncan; missed yours.

That'll do. Thanks.

Over and out.

BBC BSF
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 12:34
Sur, Sur Sur.....Sorry sur...I brought me homework to the boat, sur an a big pike jumped out of the canal and ate it...!!

Snibble is a word Colin used recently and, as it looked like such a lovely word, I kind of addopted it. I had no idea what it meant, or even indeed, if it did actually mean anything at all, but it seemed like an excellent word to describe "canal boaty movement" or other activities. Alun's definition, "to shuffle ones @#$%& in order to move" ( my interpretation of his actual words...!!) does rather seem to fit the bill, though I will probably still use it out of context.

Now, snibble on that sur....!!

M(W&W)F
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
11 July, 2011 12:46
Taurus maximus excretus ... to snibble or not to snibble? Tell more of that pike... need to do a Heimlich Maneuver on said fish... imagine the cotents of that gut! confused smiley
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
11 July, 2011 14:11
'Ye have a way with the words Vossie, nice pics too. [ouchmybackhurts.wordpress.com] Good luck with 'dem "phone calls"....don't forget to include brainstorming solutions to canal related issues on your CV......LOL

M(W&W)F
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 16:26
Snibbling is a word used to describe very careful forward motion in the
Becker Family. I believe I was responsible for introducing it to the
list in the context of one of Froggies "what would you do next" scenarios.

Colin


IWAI forum Jim Murray wrote:
> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> Jim Murray wrote:
>
> Come on lads and lassies. There ye are, around your various waterways, smug as bedamned. I'm up in Dublin and happy to be there - it's marginally more congenial than Melbourne.
>
> Now one of my other passions, apart from the Waterways, is word meanings and their (preferably Latin) derivations. Now Mellifluous Mick, Rachel and various other folk have been using SNIBBLING.
>
> De Book defines it as :
>
> Definition: v. tr. To eat in a peculiar or ritualistic manner in an effort to lose weight while consuming more. n. An idiosyncratic method of eating, usually adopted for "health reasons".
>
> It means something different on the Royal; please someone explain.
>
> Jim Murray
> BBC BSF
>
>
>
>
Re: To Snibble; That I might have Snibbled; In the act of Snibbled: define
11 July, 2011 16:54
Ehhhh...which word is used to describe 74M's forward motion then, Colin...??

M(W&W)F
RE: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
11 July, 2011 20:57
To Mike F. You did not got far since I saw your Barge at Neads Bridge.Todsay
I saw you have moved 25 m under the Bridge. Do you have Problems with
WATERLEVELS?

FRITZ - Seachran
Re: RE: Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
11 July, 2011 21:29
Hi Fritz,

I suppose you're over in Richmond Hbr by now...??

I've actually gone a bit further than just 25m....into the bridge, out of the bridge....into the bridge, out of the bridge....into the bridge, out of the bridge...!! 3 attempts so far but I keep catching on the angles below the water. WI are trying to raise the level a few inches to see if it can get me through tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning.

M(W&W)F
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 July, 2011 00:21
Nead's Bridge...Day 6...Attempt 4...!!

Ok so....WI have been pumping like the devil for the last few days to try and get the 15 mile summit level up for me. They are restricted in how much water they can take and have had to stop racking down water, in both directions, to do this. They are also restricted in how much they can raise the level by a dodgy bank (canal, not financial) on the way in towards Mullingar. They also brought in a pontoon and spent Monday rooting around on the bottom of the bridge, but only recovered a few fairly insubstsantial stones. Around 09.00 this morning Liam O' Shaughnessy of WI, drew up alongside the boat and we measured the water level and discovered it was 2 inches up on Friday evenings, so we decided to give it a lash. Billy Dixon also WI, came on board to assist in the event of ropes being needed. I headed on into the bridge, under power with the engine at idle. She went in about two thirds of the way and ground to a halt. I then cut power and Billy and meself legged her through (by hand) and on she went right through, clearing the bridge at 09.50. The design of this bridge is such that even minimum power is drawing water too fast and the boat just sits right down on the angles. For anyone in a big boat contemplating this journey, there is a ladder in the quay wall beside Mary Lynch's. Normal water level is usually just above or below the 5th rung down. That's 1 inch. I needed it 2 inches above this rung to clear through. The canal, from Nead's Bridge up through the lifting bridge and about 100 yards beyond is terribly shallow (about half a mile in total). It took me 55 minutes, including 10 minutes to pass through the lifting bridge. If coming from the West, I strongly suggest you get the level up before you pass through the lift bridge...!!
WI's staff on the ground have as usual gone "above and beyond"....Many thanks to Willie Rigney and Liam and Billy above.

M(W&W)F

PS...did'nt manage a pic of the other side of Nead's as the sun was blinding the camera...!!

10 minutes under this..!




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 14/07/2011 01:05 by Mick Farrell.
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 July, 2011 00:24
dodgy bank (canal, not financial)


Magic. Alun
Re: 31B's Green And Silver Voyage.
14 July, 2011 01:01
Anyway...on past the lifting bridge things improve a bit up as far as Downs Bridge and stopgate. Fairly silted up and the boats moored just past the bridge, one in particular, were a bit in the way. Incidentally, the stopgate here, only a single pair, serve no useful purpose that I can see. They're facing the wrong way to stop water heading toward the dodgy bank section...!!! Things improve a bit more still up to the begining of the Deep Sinking at Baltrasna Bridge (no rubbing here). The first half mile or so has been recently dredged and is a really nice bit of canal. The remainder is slow going but not exceptionally so. There are some rocks in the navigation on the right hand side just as you come out from under the new bridge but after this things improve greatly right into Mullingar, with the exception of about 50 yards of recently dredged section, before the new aquaduct, just before the harbour. Tied up at about 17.00 but stopped a few times to brew up etc. About 6 hours for the 8 mile journey. Around 20.00 the Canoe Polo Club turned up, strung up their nets a had a fairly quick game before taking down the nets again. It seems they dont leave the nets up here, as unlike Kilcock, they have been vandalised on the public side of the harbour in the past. I did offer to move the boat but they were happy enough to play with me on the side of the pitch....and no PJ....I was'nt in goal. If you see any polo canoes with black tarry marks on them though...they hit me....!!

M(W&W)F

PS....Peat Barron and Porn Magnate (well he does make dirty films..!!) Tim Meehan spotted me heading into Mullingar and dropped in for the tae...!!

Useless Stopgate...???



Dodgy Banks



Recent Dredging



Managed to pass another boat in The Deep Sinking


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