- Sheets Heath Bridge early morning - 16-April-2005 

I have been fascinated by canals and the canal movement for as long as I can remember. Canals were, I suppose, the forerunner to our modern motorways and railways - the railways saw the demise of the canals as a commercial cargo carrying opportunity. It is thanks to the foresight of a number of people and organisations that the canals still exist today for some commercial use and a lot of recreational use.

Click here details of a beautiful Dutch Barge Vrijheid

Click here for the Surrey and Hampshire Canals Society's website

Click here for information on the Basingstoke Canal

Click here for information on the Inland Waterways Association

Click here for information on the Dutch Barge Association

Click here for some pictures of a short trip to Arques in Northern France in May 2005

Tug 'White Heather' at Bridge Barn rally - Easter 2005 An interesting boat in the style of a working boat A general view of the rally Another general view of the rallyl
Tug 'White Heather' at Bridge Barn rally - Easter 2005 An interesting boat in the style of a working boat A general view of the rally Another general view of the rally
A very nice smaller boat As always well organised by Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society Tony Clarke's wonderful single cylinder Bolinder engine Another view of Tony's engine
A very nice smaller boat As always well organised by Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society Tony Clarke's wonderful single cylinder Bolinder engine Another view of Tony's engine
Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society's trip boat 'John Pinkerton' Safely in with upper gates closed The water is let out of the lock - a place to keep well clear of The water level is going down but is still hiding the dangerous cill
Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society's trip boat 'John Pinkerton' nosing into to Ash Lock - Basingstoke Canal - April 2005 Safely in with upper gates closed The water is let out of the lock - a place to keep well clear of The water level is going down but is still hiding the dangerous cill
Tug 'White Heather' at Bridge Barn rally - Easter 2005 Down 10 feet, lower gates open, 75,0000 gallons of water used ! An empty lock is left behind From a lock to an aqueduct
The dangerous cill is now exposed Down 10 feet, lower gates open, 75,0000 gallons of water used ! An empty lock is left behind From a lock to an aqueduct - crossing the A331 Blackwater valley Relief Road
A general view of the WRG (BITM) work Tug and work barge The Wharf Disposing of the trees in an environmentally friendly way
A general view of the WRG (BITM) work in preparation for the May 2006 Brookwood Campaign Rally The tug and work barge were used a lot You can easily see the professional looking wharf Disposing of the trees in an environmentally friendly way

Where once were trees Work barge approaching About to collect another load of logs Fine adjustments
This bank was a mass of trees - in May it will be a mass of boats The work barge appearing around the corner of the house boats Manouvering to collect another load to logs Some fine adjustments with the manouvering

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