Sept 1

PPFOTM. It’s a Mortimer thing- the rest won’t understand…

I’ve arrived in Devizes with my friend Nick and his boat ‘Pendragon’. We had a great trip across the Kennet and Avon, exploring the town of Newbury, the pumping house at Crofton (engines in steam) and then having Nick’s grandson aboard. The nasty weather was all-round us, but we really didn’t get wet. There are now flood warnings out, so we really dodged that.

Nick102

apprentice firing the boiler

2h worth of firing produces lots of heat!

2h worth of firing produces lots of heat!

1000L water pumper per stroke!

1000L water pumper per stroke!

the oldest working steam engine still doing the job it was installed for, some 200 years ago

the oldest working steam engine still doing the job it was installed for, some 200 years ago

My boat continues southward, capably guided by Pat and Kerry and their friends. I’ll rejoin them at Oxford (I think).

I’m off to visit several boatyards looking for that elusive next step in the waterways journey. Watch here for more information.

About Ed Mortimer

I'm a retired school teacher, now living on my narrowboat in Britain. I'm touring as much of the canal and river system as I can. This blog describes what I do and where I've been
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One Response to Sept 1

  1. Ruth Hewitt says:

    I wish you well in your searching! Exciting and apprehensive all at the same time!

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