The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


A better day's cruising, although my goal of Stratford still looks far away. I negotiated twenty-seven[1] locks in all, mooring in the Camp Hill flight, because the top lock was closed at dusk, and I was caught just before reaching it, the lock keeper being unwilling to wait for the half hour or so it would take me to reach it.

All the locks in the Birmingham area were very dirty down the sides with a thick greasy slime. Salford Lock, on the Warwick & Birmingham Junction Canal was a stop lock, with a rise of only six inches, bit it still took me some time to negotiate, as the square shaft on the lower gate paddle was only about three quarters of an inch across, so I had to jam a piece of canvas in my windlass in order to get the gate open.


[1] I must have miscounted, I make the total 26 locks now!


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