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                                                              David - NB Willoughby Photo Gallery 1 - 2001 to 2005
Here in this first Gallery are photos taken from launch in 2001 and from our cruises up to the end of 2005 on Narrowboat Willoughby. Click on the pictures for a larger image, more links are below. The table after the photo galleries shows the canals we cruised, some of the places we visited and the cruise statistics.
Naming July 2001

Naming July 2001

Original co-owners July 2001

Original co-owners July 2001

Interior looking aft

Interior looking aft

Interior showing solid fuel stove

Interior showing solid fuel stove

David Tappin co-owner

David Tappin co-owner

Ashby Canal Terminus 2002

Ashby Canal Terminus 2002

Hawsbury Junction 2002

Hawsbury Junction 2002

"Gongoozlers"

"Gongoozlers"

Grand Union Lock Working 2002

Grand Union Lock Working 2002

Grand Union 2002

Grand Union 2002

Cruise Planning

Cruise Planning

"The Dream"

"The Dream"

Date Canals Including Places Miles Locks Hours
           
Jul 2001 Grand Union Our Maiden Cruise. Blue Lias, Braunston, Stoke Buerne, Milton Keynes 80 48 43
Oct 2001 Grand Union, North Oxford, Coventry Hawksbury Junction, Hillmorton, Rugby, Coventry Basin 75 14 29
Apr 2002 Coventry, Ashby, North Oxford, Grand Union Ashby Canal Terminus, Stoke Golding, Bosworth 93 18 38
Aug 2002 Grand Union, Southern Oxford Napton, Fenny Compton, Banbury, Priors Hardwick 62 50 38
Nov 2002 Grand Union Nether Haywood, Bubgrooke 44 32 20
Feb 2003 Grand Union Leamington Spa, Warwick, Hatton Flight 48 90 28
Apr 2003 Grand Union Norton Junction, Nether Heyford, Weedon 57 32 27
Mar 2004 Grand Union, North Oxford, Coventry, Trent & Mersey Move to new Boatyard. Fradley Junction, Great Haywood, Etruria Stoke-on-Trent 94 43 41
Apr 2004 Llangollen, Shropshire Union, Middlewich Branch, Trent & Mersey Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts, Barbridge Junction, Middlewich, Harecastle Tunnel 74 56 39
Apr 2004 Trent & Mersey, Caldon Canal, Leek Branch Hazelhurst Junction, Leek Terminus, Stone, Shugborough 63 54 33
Nov 2004 Trent & Marsey Church Lawton, Middlewich Junction, Anderton Boat Lift 57 70 32
Apr 2005 Llangollen, Shropshire Union, Middlewich Branch, Trent & Mersey Chirk, Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Hurleston Junction, Kidsgrove 66 56 33
May 2005 Trent & Mersey Red Bull Locks Flight, Church Lawton, Wheelock 37 61 28
Sep 2005 Trent & Mersey, Macclesfield, Peak Forest Canal Congleton, "The Cloud", Whaley Bridge 76 26 35
Nov 2005 Trent & Mersey, Caldon River Churnett, Froghall Tunnel & Basin, defunct Uttoxeter Canal 43 44 23
Mar 2004 - the move to Festival Park Marina, Stoke on Trent, on the Trent and Mersey Canal
At Barleston

At Barleston

Lift Bridge, Marina Entrance

Lift Bridge, Marina Entrance

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina View

Marina Services

Marina Services

Moored at the Services

Moored at the Services

April 2004 - Llangollen to Etruria

The centre picture was taken crossing the Chirk Aqueduct with the Great Western Railway Viaduct in the background: both were built by Thomas Telford. Note the distinctive colour of the canal water in and around the Harecastle Tunnel caused by the ironstone in the ground. The tunnel, also built by Telford is actually the second of three and is 2926 yards long (2676 metres).
Moored at Llangollen

Moored at Llangollen

Co-owner Vic Rodwell

Co-owner Vic Rodwell

Harecastle Tunnel

Harecastle Tunnel

Nov-Dec 2004 - Trent & Mersey to Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift, opened in 1875, is one of only two boat lifts in the UK (the other is the modern Falkirk Wheel in Scotland) lifts boats 50 feet between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton in Cheshire. It closed in 1983 after corrosion problems but was restored and reopened by British Waterways in 2002.
Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift

A Restoration Project?

A Restoration Project?

Heading for Harecastle

Heading for Harecastle

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Apr 2005 - Chirk to Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent

This week I was crewing with fellow co-owners the Rodwells from USA., we walked up to the impressive Chirk Castle (well worth a visit) and also visted Ellesmere, Whitchurch and Kidsgrove.
Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle

Wheelock Top Lock

Wheelock Top Lock

Locks 49 & 50 & Bridge 137

Locks 49 & 50 & Bridge 137

May 2005 - Etruria to To Crows Nest Lock

This was a "split" cruising week to allow new co-owners (family members) to familiarize themslves with the boat.
Working Lock 42 Trent & Mersey

Working Lock 42 Trent & Mersey

Still working the Lock

Still working the Lock

Company in the Lock

Company in the Lock

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Red Bull Lock Repairs

Sep 2005 - Etruria to Whaley Bridge

Visted Congleton, Whaley Bridge and also had a stroll up to the "Cloud" (a 100 feet high Fell near Congleton) to take in it's superb views.
Poole Aqueduct

Poole Aqueduct

Original Hovis Mill

Original Hovis Mill

Marple Junction

Marple Junction

Bosley Lock bit of a leak

Bosley Lock bit of a leak

greens Bridge

greens Bridge

View from "The Cloud"

View from "The Cloud"

Nov 2005 - Etruria to Froghall Tunnel and Trentham Lock

Cruised up to the Froghall Terminus on the Caldon Canal via the very short stretch of the River Churnett. Willoughby is too big to get through the Froghall Tunnel to the basin and the restored Lock 1 of the defunct Uttoxeter Canal (it's line is clearly visable). Moved down the Trent and Mesey a short way to moor at Trentham Lock which was closed for gate replacement.
Froghall Tunnel

Froghall Tunnel

Lock 1 Uttoxeter Canel

Lock 1 Uttoxeter Canel

Looking from the Uttoxeter

Looking from the Uttoxeter

Weir at Consall Forge

Weir at Consall Forge

River Churnett

River Churnett

At Hazelhurst Botton Lock

At Hazelhurst Botton Lock