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Sunday, 13 April 2014

A bridge too far?

We had a late start as we decided to listen to the Archers Omnibus before leaving. I went in to town to buy the paper and post some cards. It was quiet and in the sunshine some of the buildings looked at their best. It is obvious that Thorne at some stage has been very wealthy as there are some nice places. It is a shame the main road runs through what would have been the main square as otherwise it would have made a good central point.

 White Hart from 1737 in Thorne Market Place. (For sale).

Substantial house in Silver Street, Thorne. At the worst road junction I have come across.

The band stand and lake in a very Victorian Memorial Park in Thorne.

The Princess Royal swing bridge behaved it's self and we were soon through. It seems that there may be no fuel available at West Stockwith when we get there so we decided to pick some up at Bluewater Marina. There were more boats moving today than we had seen for the past two weeks up the Don and Tinsley Navigations.

Princess Royal swing bridge with a wide beam at Thorne Boat Services. Holderness is in the distance.

The futuristic water tower in Thorne.

We were soon off again and girding our loins for the 6 or 7 bridges we had to come. The cut runs east/west and the wind is just blowing straight form behind us. In the sailing keel days they would have made a good passage down to Keadby, but would have needed two horses to tow up from there. The land is so flat that it reminds us of home and was the multi tributary exit of the River Don before Vermuyden straightened it to merge with the Ouse at Goole. It is so flat that it is an ideal place for wind farms.

Just some of the turbines in the area west of Crowle.

Several of the bridges are so close to the railway line that the railway crossing gates have to be closed as well as those for the canal bridge. These have their own little signal box and attendant. I wonder how long that will last in the days of mechanisation.

Medge Hall Canal and Rail crossing. Also called Crook o' Moor Bridge. This may refer to to the kink in the canal that was once the boundary marker for the Lincolnshire/Yorkshire boarder. The engine was hauling steel slabs from Scunthorpe, and yes, the driver waved back!

We then went through the next bridge, Godnow Swing Bridge (another with the rail crossing attached) and tied up as we had a clear view for the solar panels and it was very convenient to receive our visitor. Stephanie had been brought up in the area and was back visiting her Dad. She stopped in for tea and cake and her first view of the boat.

Second visitor of the season, Steph!!

Oh yes, I nearly forgot. After a great game 5-3, 
HULL CITY are in the FA CUP FINAL!!!
Watch out Arsenal your season is just about to get even worse!

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