Captains LogCanal Date 14th May
Well, what a strange month it has been. We have has burning hot sunshine, heavy rain, gales and horrid cold spells.
The last report on here was on the river Severn at
. What has happened
since then? Upton
Well I have not fallen in the water, the boat has not broken down and all is well in our little world.
The trip from Upton to Gloucester was interesting in so much as you could clearly see where the river had been only a few weeks previously. It was a good 10 feet higher. I am so glad that we were not out on the river in those conditions. That would have been just a bit too scary for us. We had to wait for the tide to turn at Upper Load Lock. Apart from that the only issue we had was on the final approach to
. The river splits just before Gloucester . It is known
as the Partings. The channel taken by boats is quite narrow by river standard
causing the flow to be much faster and just to make life interesting we were
being pushed along on an out going tide. We were going at a fair lick! It was
then when I opened my mouth just in time to put my foot into it. I said to Pam
“This is where we will meet a combine harvester!” In that instant a bloody great ship came
round the corner. One of the huge river hotel boats. Now he was not going to
move out of the centre line. He needed the deepest channel. I could not get into the bank as it was full
of fallen trees from the floods. I could not stop as the river flow was far too
strong. I could see the white of the captain’s eyes. He was not a happy bunny
at all. We just managed to pass each other. I went as close to the fallen trees
as I could but the wash from his ship pushed me into the debris. Not much
damage, just a few scratches in the paint work.
We joined the
and I have never felt so relieved to be off a river since the last time I was
on a river! Gloucester
We spent a few days in the basin before heading down to Sharpness. We spent much of the time moored at Purton. There are hundreds of wrecks there on the Severn bank. They had been beached there to help stop the erosion of the canal by the
Severn. They make for
a most interesting walk. While there we had fully laden river barges going past
each carrying 250 tons of rubble from a building site. They were full! No more
than 2” of boat above the waterline. Think how many lorry loads that would have
been. It was nice to see the canal being used for what it was designed to do.
The weather was just perfect while we were there. I did get a bit of sunburn on
my head. I wonder where all my hair has gone to? I never used to get sunburn on
the top of my head. This is about as far from our home as we can go in this
direction and it is where we had most visitors.
We broke the run back to
into small steps. We stopped at
every village and point of interest we could find. Gloucester
We are back in Gloucester Dock. We docked on the floating pontoons in a gale. I thought I knew what I was doing but the strenght of the wind took me by supprise. I was expecting it to cause some issues but I thought I had allowd for it and was firmly in control. That is until the boat swung completly round. It took 4 of us to pull it against the wind. The afternood was as bad as I have ever had. Almost sea sick.
We are now slowly building up courage to tackle the mighty
again. Probably on Thursday. Then going up the River Avon to Stratford upon Avon.
Severn is at
normal summer levels now, but it is raining and it can rise very quickly. If it
looks even slightly dodgy then we shall remain here until it settles again.
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