PENTARGON ... SPRINGER

unassuming and usually tatty narrowboat peruses the "Longest Friendliest Village in England"

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Brentford Kingston

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm just readying this one for the future!! Booked to leave Brentford at 1oc tomorrow for Teddo and Kingston. rain or no rain.

Limehouse Brentford Tue 17/Oct/2017

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Booked out for 0930. Out at 0930. Tower bridge at 1010. on tickover. never raised a rev in anger for the whole trip. Hammersmith at 1230. Chelsea Bridge at 1300 and pulled up outside Thameslock at 1330 on the button to debunk a few theories and then go in the town side lock to tie up and GTFUOI

Charcoal on the Lea

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 17, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In at Bow at 5.30am up to 'Acne. including a look at Lauries ship. Then down to Limehouse to take the plastic bags offa the prop to be ready for a 9.30 departure for erm west london?


I'm just reserving the blog dates.Tthe stories will come later. (1858/17/10/2017)

Brentford solo descent to Bow Creek

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Including almost being rolled by a City Cruiser.

A previous phone call from Lennie to lock in on Weds morning tide. At 6oc!. meant having to go down on Tuesday as there are no [working] nav lights on Pentargon. Sunset is 5.20pm today in London.

Tues.10th October. Sunrise 7.15am BST 

6.20 Tide reaching top at John's boat but still flooding. Cast off at 6.30 and tied up outside Thameslock by 6.45am. Walk to Morrisons for 7oc opening and a bottle of milk and change to canary suit. Cast off at 7.30

Chiswick bridge 8am and Hammersmith 8.30. Albert Bridge 9.30. Tower 10.30 and Cutty Sark 1130 on slack side of the river. For the first time today the engine was revved higher than tickover. 12.10 rounded Blackwall Point in VHF with VTS on Ch14 and crossed over. With some difficulty as the last of the outgoing was on the north side right across Bow Creek mouth. Eventually cleared the lightship about 12.25 at a crawl and then hit the outgoing of the River Lea as the tide was gone from the Creek. Recollections of the Avonmouth entry into Bristol but much more tedious as the wind was competing with the flow to impede progress. 

Could not be arsed by 1oc and I got 17hrs to get to Bow Lock so I tied up and went for a siesta. By 14.30 there was plenty water under the boat and an inward tidal flow. By 1500 Pentargon was off BowLocks but unable to get in due to a very intrusive mudbank and fukn shopping trolley; in exactly the wrong place. But half an hour of faffin abart got the boat alongside and tied after a fashion. The next two hours was spent cleaning up the landing ala lengthsman. The site is in rag order. 

The four hour estimate from Brentford to Bow was well withing compass. I intentionally chose to use tickover all the way. But Greenwich reach and the outflow of Bow Creek put a full hour on the trip. The climb to Bow Locks is entirely down to tide lift, just as is the case at Dartford. 5m actual at Silvertown is needed to float Pentargon outside of BowLock. In the event Lennie arrived early the following morning and had opened the outside gates before 5.30, so befoe 6am I was already trawling up through duckweed scummed Three Mills with an hour and a half to go til sunrise.

later I'll tell you how a city cruiser tried to roll Pentargon over abeam Surrey Quays by powering past with no thought at all for what the bastard probably thought was a fragile narrowboat. And the fuck you attitude of London VTS when I contacted them. The cruiser put up 2m waves and suffice to say I lost only my boathook

Escape from Brentford

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Fun in the afternoon as we locked out at 3.45pm but could not fight the flow at the corner to get into The Thames Queen. 

Brentford Stay

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

So Pentargon spent the day on Lots Ait while Mick went home and Pogue Took a look or two underneath

Kingston Brentford

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Seriously bad planning meant we missed the gate at Richmond! Read all about it later.

Shepperton Bottom

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunbury Molesey K-on-Thames

Beyond Windsor

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Staines Laleham (Abbey Molyneux) Chertsey Shepperton top

Beyond Cookham

Posted by PentargonSpringer on October 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Maidenhead Bray Windsor


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