Not the Boat Trip Boat Trip July 2020

‘Not-the-boat-trip boat trip’ ~ July 18th, 2020

Hi all. Today would have been our boat trip. We hope you are able to take time aside to enjoy an alternative trip along the waterways with a variety of pictures, facts, songs and a quiz. Answers to follow on Monday 20th July. No prizes though, but I would love to know how you did in the quiz!

To begin.
John Pinkerton Canal Boat 1This is the boat, the John Pinkerton, we would have been on travelling from Odiham on the Basingstoke canal. Trips run from their base at Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham. These last approximately 2½ hours, either eastwards towards Winchfield or to the west towards Greywell and Odiham (King John’s) Castle, the direction determined by the skipper. There is usually time to alight and go for a short walk.

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Boat Trip 3Music for the journey.
A few songs for you to listen to and maybe singalong as you are in your own homes!

‘Messing around on the river’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IAMnUUqm_w
Boat Trip 4When the weather is fine then you know it’s a sign
For messing about on the river.
If you take my advice there’s nothing so nice
As messing about on the river.
There are long boats and short boats and all kinds of craft,
And cruisers and keel boats and some with no draught.
So take off your coat and hop in a boat
Go messing about on the river.
There are boats made from kits that reach you in bits
For messing about on the river.
Or you might want to skull in a glass-fibred hull.
Just messing about on the river.
There are tillers and rudders and anchors and cleats,
And ropes that are sometimes referred to as sheets.
With the wind in your face there’s no finer place,
Than messing about on the river.
There are skippers and mates and rowing club eights
Just messing about on the river.
There are pontoons and trots and all sorts of knots
For messing about on the river.
With inboards and outboards and dinghies you sail.
The first thing you learn is the right way to bail.
In a one-seat canoe you’re the skipper and crew,
Just messing about on the river.
There are bridges and locks and moorings and docks
When messing about on the river.
There’s a whirlpool and weir that you mustn’t go near
When messing about on the river.
There are backwater places all hidden from view,
And quaint little islands just awaiting for you.
So I’ll leave you right now to cast off your bow,
Go messing about on the river.

‘The Erie Canal Song’ sung by Bruce Springsteen
Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen but this is the Springsteen version. The lyrics refer to passengers in bygone days who would ride on top of the boats and need to get down when approaching a low bridge. The original song tells of a time when engine power replaced mules on the New York canal, and is dedicated to a particular mule named Sal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koj5yGigFNU
I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
She’s a good old worker and a good old pal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
We haul’d some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay
We know every inch of the way
From Albany to Buffalo
Boat Trip 5Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge, yeah we’re coming to a town
And you’ll always know your neighbour
And you’ll always know your pal
If ya ever navigated on the Erie Canal
We’d better look around for a job, old gal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
You can bet your life I’ll never part with Sal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
Get up mule, here comes a lock
We’ll make Rome ’bout six o’clock
One more trip and back we’ll go
Right back home to Buffalo
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge, we’re coming to a…

The Boatman’ sung by The Levellers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRe_hTMde-o
If I could choose the life I pleased
Then I would be a boatman
Along the canals and the rivers free
No hasty words are spoken
My only law the river breeze
Would take me to the open seas
If I could choose the life I pleased
Then I would be a boatman
If I could choose the life I pleased
Then I would be a rover
And if the road was not for me
Then I would choose another
Across mountains and valleys deep
I would take these weary feet
If I could choose the life I pleased
Then I would be a rover
But these things are so hard for me
I cannot choose my own destiny
And all the things that I want to…

‘Michael Row the Boat Ashore’ sung by The Highwaymen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRv-fgfLFTk
Boat Trip 6Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Sister help to trim the sails, hallelujah
Sister help to trim the sails, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
River Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah
Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
River is deep and the river is wide, hallelujah
Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiRJ20LPTv0
Boat Trip 7Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily,…

‘Sailing’ sung by Rod Stewart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUoH_HuxGcQ
I am sailing
I am sailing
Home again
‘Cross the sea
I am sailing
Stormy waters
To be near you
To be free
I am flying
I am flying
Like a bird
‘Cross the sky
I am flying
Passing high clouds
To be near you
To be free
Can you hear me? Can you hear me?
Through the dark night, far away
I am dying, forever crying
To be with you, who can say
Can you hear me? Can you hear me?
Through the dark night, far away
I am dying, forever crying
To be with you, who can say?
We are sailing, we are…

Fascinating facts about canals and rivers
Bingley Five Rise locks:

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Canals and rivers
> The longest river in the UK is the River Severn, stretching 220 miles from Plynlimon in Wales to the Bristol Channel.
> The longest canal in the UK is the Grand Union Canal, stretching 137 miles from London to Birmingham. Cruising the whole length, non-stop, would take you 74 hours. The longest canal in Britain built as a single waterway is the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at 127 miles long.
> The shortest canal in the UK is the Wardle Lock Branch of the Trent & Mersey Canal. It consists of just one 72ft-long lock and a few yards of canal on either side.
> The oldest canal in the UK is the Fossdyke Navigation which was built by the Romans.
> The newest canal in the UK is the Ribble Link which opened in 2002. Standedge Tunnel, Huddersfield Narrow Canal Canal tunnels
> The longest canal tunnel in the UK is Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal (see below). It is more than three miles long.
> The deepest canal tunnel in the UK is also Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

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Lock flights
> The longest lock flight in the UK is the Tardebigge Flight on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The flight boasts 30 locks and raises the canal 220 feet.
> The deepest lock in the UK is Tuel Lane Lock on Rochdale Canal which is
over 19 feet.

Aqueducts

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> The longest aqueduct in the UK is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal. The aqueduct stretches over the River Dee Valley and is 1000 feet long.
> The first boat aqueduct in the UK was built at Barton in 1761 to carry the Duke of Bridgewater’s canal from Worsley to Manchester. It was replaced in 1893 by the Barton Swing Aqueduct.

And finally…
> Britain’s longest river is the River Severn at 220 miles. In comparison, the world’s longest river is the Nile, at 4,160 miles, closely followed by the 4,000-mile Amazon.
> Most people know that Birmingham has more canals than Venice – but few know the exact figure. In fact, the Birmingham Canal Navigations extend to just over 100 miles, including two long tunnels, several aqueducts and even a waterway version of Spaghetti Junction.
> In 1912, a cow named Buttercup fell into the Leeds & Liverpool Canal by the southern portal of the Foulridge Tunnel. Rather than wade out as usual, she chose to swim the whole 1640 yards to the northern end, where she was revived with brandy by drinkers in the nearby Hole in the Wall pub. Pictures in the pub commemorate the occasion.
> Over 650km of fibre-optic cables are buried beneath our towpaths
> In England and Wales there are 1,569 locks, 53 tunnels, 3112 bridges, 370 aqueducts and 74 reservoirs.

Boat Trip 11Waterfront Quiz: Wonders of our Waterways.

(Answers will be sent out on Monday. No looking up the answers!!)

  1. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North East Wales is the longest and highest in
    the UK and a World Heritage Site. But what unusual ingredient was added to
    its mortar, along with lime and water?
    (a) ox blood (b) self-raising flour (c) livestock urine (d) rubber
  2. The Three Bridges structure in Hanwell, West London, brings together a
    railway, canal and road bridge all at the same point. It was the final project of
    which famous engineer?
    (a) Isambard Kingdom Brunel (b) John Rennie
    (c) Thomas Telford (d) James Brindley
  3. Salts Mill on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was the largest industrial building
    in the world when opened in 1853. It is now part of a World Heritage Site. In
    which town or city can it be found?
    (a) Leeds (b) Liverpool (c) Blackburn (d) Bradford
  4. Caen Hill near Devizes comprises 29 locks in quick succession. Some of the
    lock gates were replaced in 2010. What were the old two-tonne barriers
    recycled as?
    (a) replacement doors for Reading Gaol
    (b) a bridge at Glastonbury Festival
    (c) pieces in a world record-breaking game of giant Jenga
    (d) new narrowboats
  5. The Bridgewater Canal is often described as the first true canal in England; it opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester. The canal boasts the world’s
    only example of what?
    (a) A lock made entirely of aluminium
    (b) A ‘log flume’ for narrowboats
    (c) A rotating section of aqueduct
    (d) A licence for the operation of drone barges
  6. The Anderton Boat Lift is another unique Victorian structure, lifting
    narrowboats over 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.
    What’s its nickname?
    (a) Old Rusty
    (b) The Cheshire Cat-erpillar
    (c) The Cathedral of the Canals
    (d) ‘Darren’, after footballer Darren Anderton who briefly played for nearby
    Wolves
  7. At over a kilometre long, the Greywell Tunnel was the longest on the
    Basingstoke Canal. Sadly, it’s no longer navigable, but it has found a new
    purpose, as what?
    (a) Europe’s largest bat colony
    (b) a Council-approved legal rave site
    (c) an experimental test chamber for detecting cosmic rays
    (d) a Doctor Who filming location
  8. The Regent’s Canal offers a little-known ‘back entrance’ into which major
    tourist attraction?
    (a) Wembley stadium (b) Buckingham Palace
    (c) Hampstead Heath (d) London Zoo
  9. The Falkirk Wheel, which connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals in
    central Scotland, is the world’s only rotating boatlift. How tall is it?
    (a) 20m: the height of the Angel of the North statue.
    (b) 35m: the height of eight double decker buses stacked on top of each other.
    (c) 50m: roughly the height of Nelson’s Column (from the first step to the tip of
    his hat).
    (d) 75m: the height of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol (clearance above
    high water level).
  10. The Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is the deepest on
    the canal network. How far beneath the ground is its deepest point?
    (a) about as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall
    (b) deeper than the Empire State Building’s height
    (c) as deep as 44 double decker buses stacked on top of one another
    (d) only a few metres – canal tunnels are never very deep

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Thanks for joining us. Hope you had fun.