Friday, 12 December 2008
Today Bob and Keith started work on the false floor in the hold. The previous floor was properly designed for the hold of Barnet and made at Bradley. The ply was rotten but the hardwood bearers were salvaged and we are able to use them for our new false floor.
Unfortunately access to Barnet isn't easy at the moment due to the weather but I will upload photographs as soon as I gain access.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
As well as blacking we've decided to get rid of the Challenger Livery, the first step taken to remove it was sanding down the bands on the counter, I managed to get a coat of undercoat on today. As you can see the Livery will be based on British Waterways Livery, but will carry the name of Canalscape-BCN with the three diamonds of Yates Brothers on the bows.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
It is with regret that I have been informed that Valencia wharf has been filled with approx 1000 tons of rubble today, it appears the Hollway's did this themselves with one driving a JCB all day.
They are almost certainly in breach of council planning rules. Worse there is a high probability that Phosphorous deposits unmoved for years may now enter the canal, for those old enough to remember the canal here was highly polluted by Albright and Wilson with waste. I urge you to pressure Sandwell council on this matter.
Sandwell Council House, Oldbury,
Telephone: 0845 358 2200
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Challenger went into administration in December 2007 and in the intervening months, negotiations by persons with an input into the boats' restoration have taken place with British Waterways. Formation of CanalScape-BCN Society has now led to the acquisition of the craft on a new lease with its purposes mirroring those intended previously.
A considerable amount of capital has already been spent on the project with grants and donations actively being sought to finish the boat to a good standard to sustain the operation in the coming years. Inherent in this new venture will be an opportunity for wider operational participation through a membership scheme. Agreed with British Waterways is an intention to use the boat to demonstrate that the Northern BCN is not only navigable but also could be used in a wider fashion. The boat will carry the name of the Society which is affiliated to the CanalScape-BCN online community and will be promoted at forthcoming events.
Further details of the society will be announced shortly.Contact 01902 602180 for further information.
For the boat enthusiast here is some background information.
· Built for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co by Harland and Wolff at the Woolwich yard.
· GU type "D" "Town" class boat, commonly known as a "Large Woolwich".
· Launched September 1936, fleet No 109, registered for public health at Rickmansworth No181. · Length 71ft 6 ins, beam 7ft ½ inch, draught 3 ft.
· Max load tonnage 27 tons
· Transferred to British Transport Waterways on nationalisation working as a single motor until transfer to maintenance fleet.Restored in 1998 at Bradley for private use, returned to BW in 2003.