Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Craning Boats in

This morning we had to move our boats so Oxfordshire Narrowboats could crane two new boats into the water.  I have never seen this done before so it was rather exciting.

First the crane arrives

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then the boats..

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My heart was in my mouth as the lorry reversed – look at the offside tyre! It was only after he stopped I noticed that the entire length of the lorry has tyres on it, but still!

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Then they tie the straps around the boat

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And the crane starts to lift

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And for a moment hte boat is flying – I would have loved to be standing on the roof looking at the view

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Then it gets lowered

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and you wonder whether it will be launched on the concrete instead of the water, but the boat gently moves over the wet stuff

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And sinks into the water, and then floats.

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The boats were then towed up to heyford.

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with the second new boat behind the first new boat behind the towing boat

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I have never seen two boats towed so it was rather fun to see them snaking past in beautiful control

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2 Comments:

Blogger Maffi said...

Thats very clever you have posted the pictures before the crane turned up.

12:38 PM  
Blogger MortimerBones said...

it is isn't. I have found this new time machine where you can take information from the future into the past, I thought I would try it...works a treat doesn't it!

8:25 AM  

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