Richard said last night that we needed to wake up at 7.30am as we had to move to the visitor’s moorings to have our fuel polished. I woke up, looked at the clock and it was spot on 7.30am!! Richard was still snoring quietly!
We moved up and Peter Jones from Diesel Bug Removal arrived spot on time and gave us a good clean out. Richard has been using Marine 16 to keep the diesel bug at bay but Gloucester Pilots really recommend that it is polished as there have been quite a few instances of narrow boats breaking down on the Severn as their fuel started to be tossed around and all the nasties got into the engine. Ours was pretty clean just a bit of rubbish at the bottom on the tank, no diesel bug and very little water.
|Diesel bug removal|
We wanted water but there were two boats on the point. One on the point and one using the hose slightly further back to wash her boat. The people on the point were using the showers at the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre and didn’t want to move until they were ready, fortunately the error of their ways moved and the other lady removed her hose!
|A very muddy Muffin|
We wanted to go and see the Purton Wrecks so pulled over just the other side of the Purton bridges. While we were having lunch Muffin decided that he couldn’t wait for us so took himself off to see the wrecks on his own – hmmm I have never seen him quite so muddy! The next visit to the wrecks was much better organised and no-one came back muddy!
|Retriever ex Petrus|
It wasn’t the best of things for me to do with my ankle but I didn’t want to miss seeing the wrecks. I got back to the boat and sat with my foot up until the throbbing subsided L
I have already had one rant about boats moored on water points but this one has to take the biscuit! In case you can’t see it is actually tied to the post with the tap in it. The boat is all shut up and looks deserted.
We then moved down the canal to Sharpness. We went past the remains of a swing bridge which once carried a railway over the canal and the River Severn. It opened in 1879 and had 21 fixed arches and a moveable arch. In October 1960 on a foggy evening two petrol barges missed the entrance to Sharpness and collided with the bridge, demolishing one of the piers and bringing two of the girder spans down on themselves. Their cargoes ignited and the blaze was worsened by the severing of a gas main on the bridge itself.We had a look at where we have to go tomorrow - it all looks rather grotty but I know it will be lovely once we are out of the lock.
Saul Junction to Sharpness
A few more photos taken today
|May trees in blossom and cow parsley - looks like snow!|
|My first cygnets|
|The Severn from the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal|
|Pretty cottages at Purton|
|Lovely view back up the canal|