Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Mancetter Wednesday 4 September 2019

Day : Wednesday
Date : 4 September
Start : 1010
Finish : 1440 Mancetter

I have uploaded our proposed route to Canal Planer AC if anyone wants to see where we are likely to be. It gets updated with actual position each night.

As expected it rained overnight but was dry and sunny when we set off, although the sun was nice the breeze was a little cool. Not long after leaving we passed the wooden tar boat, Dane. This is the thirdDSCF2546 Thomas Clayton boat we have passed this week.

I wonder if anyone can tell me what these T things are on the high voltage electricity pylons, there seems to be one, sometimes two each side of the insulator.DSCF2545

As we approached Sutton Stop there are some nicely restoredDSCF2549lorries in the canal side field, a little further on there is a collection or un restored cars just rotting away.DSCF2556

On the lead up to Sutton Stop lock a cruiser was having bit of a problem with his inexperience and the wind, the result was he slid along the side of every moored boat on the offside. As we worked through the stop lock I saw a CRT boat head off along the Coventry Canal, I was hoping that he would turn off down the Ashby Canal which he did just as we caught up with him.DSCF2560

Charity Dock seems it have collected a few more curios as well asDSCF2559 a few more boat, but it was still easier meeting a boat there than all the boats moored at Nuneaton where 2 boats can just pass. Nuneaton surly must be the allotment centre of the UK. DSCF2564

I would be interested to know if anyone has ever seen any disable people fishing at Hartshill, there is a section of towpath reserved for them.DSCF2567

We planned to moor a short way before the Atherstone Locks with a view to being at The Samuel Barlow tomorrow night so we pulled over at Mancetter shortly before the rain came. Directly opposite where we are moored is a collection of multi coloured Bee Hives, I assume they have bees in them.DSCF2569

Today's Journeymap 4112¾ Miles 1 Locks in 4½ hours


John Foster said...

They are known as Stockbridge Dampers used to reduce vibration in high wind conditions.

nb Bonjour said...

We passed the beehives earlier this year - I used the binoculars as we weren't sure what they were! and I saw bees, so I hope they are still occupied!

DaveD said...

They are called Stockbridge dampers.

From Wikipedia:
Stockbridge dampers are added to the transmission lines a metre or two from the tower. They consist of a short length of cable clamped in place parallel to the line itself and weighted at each end. The size and dimensions are carefully designed to damp any buildup of mechanical oscillation of the lines that could be induced by mechanical vibration most likely that caused by wind. Without them it's possible for a standing wave to become established that grows in magnitude and destroys the line or the tower.