Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Waterborne Wednesday: Basil in a tight spot

Basil in a tight spot 

Canal spotting in Birmingham, I found this bridge with a very narrow section of waterway underneath it. Modern canal boats are 6ft 10inches wide and there was, I estimate, less than a foot of space each side of the boat. 

That's probably not too challenging with a short vessel on a calm day, but a 70ft boat in the middle of a winter storm? I bet there was a lot of bouncing off the sides even allowing for a well practised captain and the shelter afforded by the railway embankment.

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