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70 now and our five wonderful years aboard our narrowboat Skyy seem along time ago. Jacquie, allowed me to build my replica three wheeler kit car, which was a great success. Now it's time to start on a bigger project and that is to make a good Triumph Stag even better, here goes.

Thursday, 7 April 2011



I am getting bored, SKYY is ready to go and so are we, but I am awaiting a phone call for hopefully my last hospital appointment. Recent blood test have shown a decreasing iron level and my doctor wants this investigated before we leave, I have already had a gastro endoscopy, which was inconclusive and an ‘up periscope’ examination is now required, ho hum. In the meantime I decide to visit The Yorkshire Waterways Museum at Goole
WWW.waterwaysmuseum.org.uk Admission is free, which surprised me, but it isn’t a large museum and it is funded by the charity that runs the Sobriety Project. The internal display is all about how and why Goole Docks were built by The Aire and Calder Navigation Company and how the town of Goole was created to support the docks. Models of the various types of vessel that used this, the furthest inland dock in the country, are displayed along with many other interesting artefacts.

One of the many boats moored outside is Sobriety, a converted Humber Keel, now used for educational trips, Chris who skippered Ouse Patrol down to Goole in January, see blog OUSE CRUISE was doing some welding on her. Another craft is the tug Wheldale, Chris’s dad for many years skippered her, towing Tom Pudding to and from the coal mines, and he totally restored her when she was given to the Museum. Attached to the front of the tug is a ‘Jebus, this is a false bow that was fastened to the first of the heavily loaded Tom Pudding compartments to provide a more stream line front end to stop water slopping into the front tub and sinking it. When the tubs were being towed back empty of coal the Jebus was attached to the front of the tug, as it is now.

Alongside the tug is a square rigged keel, in full working trim, this is owned and sailed by Chris who restored and maintains her in excellent condition. I spent an interesting few hours here supported by a ploughman’s baguette from the well priced cafeteria. The other good news is that within minutes of getting back to SKYY my phone rang and an appointment was made with the hospital, that all being well, will enable us to get on our way only a few days later than originally intended.

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