Chesterfield Canal Trust have a boat that is used as a travelling publicity and educational tool. It has been moored in Shireoaks Marina over the winter but is due to travel all around the system returning in October(ish).
Python, that’s the boat’s name, is at the upper limit of width for Shireoaks Middle and Stret locks so preparation had to be made.
… down to Deep and Stret locks for the fun to begin.
As expected, Deep lock was passed without incident just before eleven o’clock
So at just past half past twelve Python was cast off. There was a little difficulty as the level in the pound had dropped enough to ground her, but a little experienced reversing got her free and then into the lock.
There was a little difficulty getting her out; two lots of flushes were let down with the top paddles but she did make it through.
Eventually she was moored at the BW depot for the night ready for the morning’s journey to the Hop Pole at retford.