Monday, 19 August 2013

Farewell “Shroppie”

A very short cruise this morning brought us to Autherely Junction at the end of the Shropshire Union Canal.  Along the way we passed the Wolverhampton Boat Club moorings and one of the smallest pram covers we’ve ever seen.

There is a water point before the hire boat base and we stopped to top up the tank (as you do).  The stop lock has very small changes in water levels and was built by the Shropshire Union Canal to prevent water loss into the Staffs & Worcs Canal.

To the east of the lock there is a channel that a small brick building spans. This building contains a sluice gate which would allow water to be released should it be necessary to drain the end section of the “Shroppie”.

There Is also a rather substantial cottage beside the lock which I assume was the canal manager’s house as it looks too big to be a lock keepers home?

We went through the lock turning east towards Great Haywood but reversed back onto the 48 hour moorings on the Staffs & Worcs Canal.

Looking back up the “Shroppie”

The early part of the afternoon has been spent sanding and priming the paint chips on the handrails followed by a pleasant period sitting in the folding chairs watching the world go by…. and more interestingly; watching boaters negotiate the turn at Autherley Junction. Smile

Because it was such a short cruise this morning I ran the Kipor generator to complete the battery charging and Absorption and Float stages.  However after a hour the solar panels were producing sufficient power to complete the charge so the generator was turned off and put back into storage.

We’re going leave Waiouru moored here tomorrow morning whilst I walk to Willenhall Post Office to collect our mail and have my biometric data collected.   It should be an interesting walk as it includes the 21 locks of the Wolverhampton Flight.

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