Pumps and engines: Prickwillow and Stretham

A gentle Friday afternoon cruise to Prickwillow, followed by washing, shampooing and waxing the boat. Then back to Ely in the morning, to await arrival of sister Hilary and our parents. Brief cruise to mud anchor for lunch in sight of the cathedral. Afternoon cruise to Upware, hoping to navigate to Wicken Fen nature reserve. However the lock was closed due to pumping operations, so moored on the nearby EA moorings. Repaired a leak in the roof – radio aerial – and we were then rewarded by a rather spectacular thunderstorm.

On Sunday morning set off 1030, brief cruise to Stretham Engine House, which was open that day. Interesting tour, though the machinery was not going round due to an electrical problem. Turned around 200 yards after the bridge: just space to do so. Windy trip back to the marina.

 

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Moorings at PrickwillowDSCF3972

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Disused church at Prickwillow – a planning application
has been submitted to convert it to a home
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The plaque on the pumping station at Prickwillow – now the
Museum of Fenland DrainageDSCF3974

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Riding at mud anchor, ElyDSCF3979

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UpwareDSCF3984

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Popes CornerDSCF4008

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Stretham Pumping Engine

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