An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Leo No2 on the Thames

No 1

A number of people have asked me about the picture of Leo No2 looking like it really is taking on the Thames.  The photos were taken on 10-September-2011 by Herbie during a practice for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.  Leo No2 is an Orion Narrowboats shell (sadly no longer being built I understand) and as such has a very low front deck designed to look like a loaded working boat - there are two (soon to be three) such shells on the River Wey and you can see them coming at quite some distance because they do look like a well loaded working boat from a distance.

No 2
No 3
The angle the photograph is taken from shows the water pushing out from the side of the boat - there is some water on the top of the deck, but not a lot - hopefully the pictures (in the order they were taken) shows how it was.  I think the front doors were open but not a drop got inside.

No 4
The pictures were taken below Westminster Bridge, where the Thames invariably becomes a lot rougher as it flows faster because it is narrower and because there is a huge increase in the number of boat movements caused mainly by the Thames Clippers. In practical terms I am not sure that I agree with their contention that they have an ultra low wash design!

Let's hope life is a lot quieter for the real pageant - the plan is to close the barrier for its annual check at the time of the pageant so hopefully there will not be quite so much water rushing out into the Thames estuary. 

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