The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


Nine locks again today[1], making a total of twenty four out of the thirty seven to Northampton; I cruised at a very slow speed to conserve fuel, as I was now down to my last gallon. I eventually ran out one lock above Higham Ferrers; a very peculiar lock it was too, as the guillotine gate was curved, pivoting about the centre of the curve, and raised and lowered slowly and laboriously by a complicated system of drums and pulleys instead of the usual giant-sized bicycle chain attached to a counterweight. People had scratched rude comments about it all over the pantwork.

Curved radial guillotine gate on a lock on the River Nene. Photo from http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2063516. ©Copyright Mike Todd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

When I moored I had time to think out a plan of action, as I now had no fuel, and no money. I must now think of ways and means to get to Northampton.


[1] In fact, there are only 8 locks between Titchmarsh and the next lock above Higham Ferrers, I must have miscounted!


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