Posted on January 7, 2016
Today I joined the St Pancras Cruising Club convoy to the Boat Show in the Royal Docks. I was crewing for Andy on his narrow boat LIBELULA. We were joined by two C&RT staff on the boating buddy scheme – Claire from marketing and Ben from commercial property. Other C&RT staff, and other visitors, were distributed amongst the other boats on the convoy.
The rain stopped as we set off, and we had a pleasant run along the Limehouse Cut, through City Mill lock (open at both ends), and then a bit of a wait in Three Mills until there was enough water in Bow Creek. Punched a gently incoming tide to Bow Creek mouth, going under the new footbridge at Canning Town, and then crossed over to the south side of the river to approach the barrier. The weather got progressively worse as we got to the barrier – heavy rain and strong winds (25 mph plus on my wind gauge). The Woolwich ferries were very helpful in going around us rather than vice versa.
The rain eased off a bit as we entered the outer portion of the ship lock at KG5, but the wind really picked up as we got ready to exit the lock and bash our way along the Royal Docks, and I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked. However Andrew Christy on the bank kindly took these of us arriving at KGV. Whisky and soup once we had moored up.
Captions are above the photos to which they relate
Lower Lea Navigation, near Bow Locks
On the tidal Thames
Weather now deteriorating, but our boating buddies insisted they were enjoying themselves
And finally, another photo from Andrew Christy of us entering KGV …
A few days later – and not with me on board – here are the boats in West India Dock.
Photo by Andrew Phasey
… and here is a short video by Roger Stocker of the trip from Woolwich to West India
and now a couple of photographs from Janet Richardson. The squall in the Royals and then the team photo at the end of the trip. These now feature in an article in the January 2016 edition of Towpath Talk
And even later a short video about the Boating Buddy scheme…