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1997 Spring Voyage - April

Cruising Log Index

River Great Ouse

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Tuesday 1th April 1997

From to Great Barford Lock arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 7.75 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.34 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 30 hours 30 minutes. total cruising time, 92.37 miles and 15 locks, averaging 3.52 lock/miles per hour.

Saw two kingfishers. Stopped for lunch (ham roll 2.50, cheese jacket potato 2.50) at the Anchor. Also filled up with water - very slow as there was no proper hose connector on the tap. Capricorns' Dulcitudo came by s we were leaving.

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From Great Barford Lock to Duck Mill (or Town) Lock arriving at 7:05 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 7 miles and 4 locks, averaging 2.49 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 34 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 99.37 miles and 19 locks, averaging 3.39 lock/miles per hour.

Went through Willington lock with Tony and Sylvia on Capricorns' Dulcitudo but the next lock was a bit too small. Got up aove the Town lock by about 18.15 but the moorings we had used previously are now silted so we came back to Priory Marina. A fine sunny day. Went to the Priory Marina Beefeater with Tony and Sylvia (2 courses and drinks 26.50 for the two of us).

Wednesday 2th April 1997

From Duck Mill (or Town) Lock to St Neots arriving at 3:10 pm. The time taken was 5 hours 25 minutes. 14.75 miles and 6 locks, averaging 3.83 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 40 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 25 locks, averaging 3.1 lock/miles per hour.

Filled with diesel at Priory Marina before setting off. Saw the Parker's waiting to come up through Cardington Lock as we went down. Saw several kingfishers. Had lunch on the move and moored on the floating pontoons. Went shopping at Waitrose. A day of light cloud but quite mild.

Thursday 3th April 1997

From St Neots to Huntingdon arriving at 1:15 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 25 minutes. 10.12 miles and 4 locks, averaging 4.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 43 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 29 locks, averaging 2.95 lock/miles per hour.

Saw some cormorants. Shared the last couple off locks with a cruiser Bon Beck II from Hartford. Stopped just by the bridge, did a bit of shopping at Iceland and had lunch.

From Huntingdon to Hemingford Lock No 14 arriving at 4:05 pm. The time taken was 1 hour 10 minutes. 4.25 miles and 2 locks, averaging 5.36 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 44 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 31 locks, averaging 2.92 lock/miles per hour.

Moored at Hemingford Grey. A mostly cloudy day with some strong wind but with some sunny intervals.

River Great Ouse to Old West River (Great Ouse)

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Friday 4th April 1997

From Hemingford Lock No 14 to Aldreth Bridge arriving at 1:40 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 25 minutes. 12.5 miles and 2 locks, averaging 3.28 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 49 hours 20 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 33 locks, averaging 2.7 lock/miles per hour.

Came through St Ives Lock with a small cruiser. Just after Brownshill Lock we were followed by a playful seal. Stopped on the bank at Holme Fen for Lunch etc. A clear sunny day clouding over in the afternon.Brownshill Staunch: Seal - 4th April 1997.
Brownshill Staunch: Seal - 4th April 1997.

Old West River (Great Ouse) to River Cam

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Saturday 5th April 1997

From Brownshill Staunch to Clayhythe Bridge arriving at 12:55 am. The time taken was 3 hours 35 minutes. 16 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.47 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 52 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 33 locks, averaging 2.51 lock/miles per hour.

On the way down the Old West River I saw some cormorants and two Oyster Catchers. Went Through Bottisham Lock with a hire cruiser. A very windy day, we had difficulty mooring above the bridge and so did the hire boat.

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Sunday 6th April 1997

From Clayhythe Bridge to Jesus Green Lock arriving at 11:05 am. The time taken was 1 hour 50 minutes. 5.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.75 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 54 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 34 locks, averaging 2.45 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a kingfisher on the way to Cambridge and a short narrowboat called Merganser that they were taking to Morthhamptton but had run out of diesel. Stopped for water at the lock landing stage.

River Cam to Old West River (Great Ouse)

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From Jesus Green Lock to Popes Corner arriving at 3:15 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 40 minutes. 13.62 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.99 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 58 hours 25 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 35 locks, averaging 2.31 lock/miles per hour.

Saw the first baby ducks of the year as we came out of Cambridge. Had lunch on the move and moored at the Environment Agency moorings just downstream of the junction. A mostly sunny day with increasing cloud.

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Monday 7th April 1997

From Popes Corner to Ely, A142 Road bridge arriving at 83:5 pm. The time taken was 45 minutes. 3.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 59 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 35 locks, averaging 2.28 lock/miles per hour.

Moored just past the Cutter and went shopping in townand then at Tesco's. Debbie, George, Charlie and William came after lunch and we went for a short trip down the river. Had dinner at George & Debbie's. A mild sunny day.

Old West River (Great Ouse) to Burwell Lode

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Tuesday 8th April 1997

From Ely, A142 Road bridge to Burwell Village arriving at 1:00 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 55 minutes. 10.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.86 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 62 hours 5 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 36 locks, averaging 2.19 lock/miles per hour.

Got pump out at Anndale Boats (9) and gas at the Marina (11.50) whichtook 50 minnutes before we could set off up river to Upware and Burwell Lode. Turned at the end of the lode and moored at the landing stage for lunch.

Burwell Lode to Old West River (Great Ouse)

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From Burwell Village to Popes Corner arriving at 5:45 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 45 minutes. 10.6 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.09 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 65 hours 50 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 37 locks, averaging 2.08 lock/miles per hour.

After lunch we went back down Burwell Lode and up Reach Lode to the end, where we turned and came back down to Upware Lock. Came down the river and moored at the EA landing stage past Popes Corner again. A cooler but sunny day.

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Wednesday 9th April 1997

From Popes Corner to Ely, A142 Road bridge arriving at 83:0 pm. The time taken was 45 minutes. 3.5 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.67 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 66 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 37 locks, averaging 2.06 lock/miles per hour.

Stopped by the Cutter and went shopping at Tesco's. Filled with water at thee Marrina before setting off again.

Old West River (Great Ouse) to River Lark (Great Ouse)

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From Ely, A142 Road bridge to Prickwillow Bridge arriving at 12:40 am. The time taken was 1 hour 20 minutes. 6 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.5 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 67 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 37 locks, averaging 2.02 lock/miles per hour.

Moored next to Fox Cub for lunch.

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From Prickwillow Bridge to Great Ouse Junction arriving at 6:15 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 50 minutes. 18.12 miles and 2 locks, averaging 4.16 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 72 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 39 locks, averaging 1.91 lock/miles per hour.

Followed some way behind Fox Cub up to Isleham Lock, where they turned to come back to Prickwillow. We went on through the lock and arrived at Judes Ferry at 15.40. We came back and moored on the EA moorings about three-quartters of a mile from the junction. A warm sunny day.

River Lark (Great Ouse) to Old West River (Great Ouse)

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Thursday 10th April 1997

From Great Ouse Junction to Ten Mile Bank Bridge arriving at 5:30 pm. The time taken was 8 hours 15 minutes. 35.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 4.35 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 81 hours 0 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 39 locks, averaging 1.72 lock/miles per hour.

Went up Brandon Creek to Brandon Lock, had lunch on the move. Saw a lot of birds, Oyster Catchers, Lapwings, Great Crested Grebes, etc. and a mink. Only saw one boat on the move on this river. Came back to the junction and down the Great Ouse to moor oposite the Windmill. A mild sunny day again.

Old West River (Great Ouse) to River Wissey

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Friday 11th April 1997

From Ten Mile Bank Bridge to Hilgay Road Bridges arriving at 1:50 pm. The time taken was 4 hours 45 minutes. 17.87 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.76 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 85 hours 45 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 39 locks, averaging 1.62 lock/miles per hour.

Saw a young stoat on the bank. Went up to Stoke Ferry Bridge but could not turn there so had to back down nearly to the Cut-Off channel sluices before we could turn. Had lunch on the move. Came back to Hilgay and moored for water and to visit the post office.

River Wissey to Old West River (Great Ouse)

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From Hilgay Road Bridges to Denver Sluice arriving at 3:50 pm. The time taken was 50 minutes. 3.25 miles and 1 locks, averaging 5.1 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 86 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 40 locks, averaging 1.62 lock/miles per hour.

Came down the Wissey and on to the EA moorings at Denver. The day started sunny but soon clouded over and became windy.

Old West River (Great Ouse) to Middle Level - Well Creek

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Saturday 12th April 1997

From Denver Sluice to Outwell Junction arriving at 2:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 20 minutes. 5.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 2.89 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 88 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 41 locks, averaging 1.59 lock/miles per hour.

Left our mooring at Denver at 11.30 and moored at the lock at 11.40. We had to wait 40 minutes for the tide to reach the right level then we made our way down the tidal stretch to Salter's Lode, passing Mulled Wine on the way. Out of Salter's Lode Lock by 12.40 - 20 minutes for the tidal length and two locks. Moored on the Well Creek Trust Moorings and did some shopping in Outwell. A day of sunshine and cloud with a cooling breeze.

Middle Level - Well Creek to Middle Level - Old River Nene

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Sunday 13th April 1997

From Outwell Junction to March arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 2 hours 40 minutes. 7.87 miles and 1 locks, averaging 3.33 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 91 hours 35 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 42 locks, averaging 1.55 lock/miles per hour.

Made our way slowly through to Marmont Priory Lock then on to March where we stopped by the pub for lunch. Hewon was moored n front of us.Between Outwell Junction and Marmont Priory Sluice: Narrowboat at Upwell - 13th April 1997.
Between Outwell Junction and Marmont Priory Sluice: Narrowboat at Upwell - 13th April 1997.

Middle Level - Old River Nene to Middle Level - Ramsey High Lode

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Sunday 13th April 1997

From Outwell Junction to Ramsey arriving at 5:40 pm. The time taken was 3 hours 40 minutes. 13.62 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.71 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 95 hours 15 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 42 locks, averaging 1.49 lock/miles per hour.

Passed several boats, some near Ramsey and some at March, Saw our second kingfisher of the day. Turned the boat at Ramsey, with about 2 feet to spare, and moored. A sunny starrt to the day but more cloud in the afternoon.

Middle Level - Ramsey High Lode to Middle Level - Old River Nene

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Monday 14th April 1997

From Ramsey to Benwick Bridge arriving at 12:50 am. The time taken was 1 hour 55 minutes. 6 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3.13 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 97 hours 10 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 42 locks, averaging 1.46 lock/miles per hour.

Had a look round Ramsey and did some shopping at the Rainbow Supermarket before setting off. Stopped for lunch near the bridge but had to moor out from the bank as it was shallow.

Middle Level - Old River Nene to Middle Level - Whittlesey Dyke

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From Benwick Bridge to Ashline Sluice arriving at 4:30 pm. The time taken was 2 hours 45 minutes. 8.25 miles and 0 locks, averaging 3 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 99 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 42 locks, averaging 1.42 lock/miles per hour.

Came up through the lock and moored by the Leisure Centre. A mostly cloudy day with some light showers.

Middle Level - Whittlesey Dyke to River Nene Stanground Branch

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Tuesday 15th April 1997

From Ashline Sluice to Peterborough Junction arriving at 11:45 am. The time taken was 2 hours 0 minutes. 8.75 miles and 1 locks, averaging 4.88 lock/miles per hour. Totals for this voyage are 101 hours 55 minutes. total cruising time, 100 miles and 43 locks, averaging 1.4 lock/miles per hour.

Set off from Whittlesey at 9am and arrived at Stanground Lock just before 10.30. After the lock we filled with diesel (31 for 140.9 litres) and then went on to the embankment for a pump out. A fairly windy, cloudy and cool morning.

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