Badger at Ellesmere Port Easter 2013

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Badger Working

Another photo has surfaced showing Badger during her working days.  This shows her in British Waterways colours towing a butty.  The photo is courtesy of Lawrence Hogg and is copyright to LHP Productions.  He tells me this is the only photo he has ever seen of Badger in her working days so I sent him a copy of the one I published a few months ago.  Still only two photos, so if anyone out there knows of any others please let me know.

Ropes on Cratches

I don't know about you, but whenever I set up the fancy white ropes on the cratches (see main photo) I have trouble tensioning them due to the friction between the ropes as they pass through the eyes.  Nylon makes ideal thimbles for the ropes to pass through but commercial ones are either heart shaped, which look wrong, or very expensive.  I managed to source some from the USA at a dollar each.  Postage for six came in at $75 so I declined.

I ended up turning my own out of blank nylon rod which ended up at less than £1 each.  The ropes are off now for the winter so it will be next spring before they are fitted again.