An unassuming narrowboat perusing the
"Longest Friendliest Village in England".



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Giggity Bridge

Posted by PentargonSpringer on June 16, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

une 8th 2017 was a Thursday and the day the UK would go to the polls to return a government with  a  ticket to screw the proletariat senseless and run amok. For the next five years. [Their plan back-fired spectacularly when youthful voters (from 18yo to 108yrs) turned out in force on the morrow] ...  

It has ALWAYS been my habit to vote even if it takes some bother, having learned that in Ireland where I always took an active interest in politics. Men died so...

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Staff and Worcs Stage Two. Watling Street Goodbye

Posted by PentargonSpringer on June 2, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thursday 1st June 2017 10oc to 2pm was given over to Jamie at Gailey boatyard to weld 3mm plate all round the cruiser deck to bring the freeboard up to 760mm. Pentargon had lain over for a week for this date and boy, was it worthwhile.  The job was done with great good will and skill "on time and on budget"

It is essential to declare that the boatyard at Gailey (home base to Viking Narrowboat Hire) is far a...

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The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

Posted by PentargonSpringer on May 19, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It was originally intended that Pentargon would be at or near Liverpool for Pogue's birthday in mid May. 

As the day loomed and the boat was at a decision point at Great Haywood junction, immediate entry to the Staff & Worcs was deemed prudent, if the voyage was to advance to Bristol before Jun was out. 

In fact it was deemed prudent to get it to Wombourne before May was out but trouble was just around the corner; it always is on the cut. Nearing Penkridge, the eng...

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An interesting detour to Macclesfield

Posted by PentargonSpringer on May 17, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Pentargon arrived at Fazely junction(which is the [top] end of the Coventry Canal) end of April where Pogue was picked up by Ron and transported across country to Macclesfield to take a 26' tub south towards Birmingham. In the event three days solo took it down the Trent and Mersey from Macclesfield through Stone and Stoke on Trent to Gt. Haywood where the top of the Staff and Worcs. could take it via Pentridge to Athersley junction.It actually ended up at Penkridge later when it became the t...

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Birthday and half way mark co-incide at Penkridge

Posted by PentargonSpringer on May 17, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The sudden and unexpected  engine cut-out half way into Penkridge lock necessitated a bit of rope-work and a lie-over til sorted. Along with the broken throttle cable, it transpired there was water contamination of the port tank. The inspection plate had not been sealed before bolting it down and whenever there was rain some was seeping into the tank to feed the bio-bugs. Gunge was sucked up into the fuel filter until it was completely sealed and no more fuel could pass. Halfway into Pen...

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Polesworth lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 25, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Tue 24th April 2017. Belhus library 10.09am. blog times are US east coast time (6hrs before BST)

Over the weekend at Polesworth the whole bilge got cleaned out and the stern gland checked as the boat may be here some time. The forecast for the week is pure cat with arctic air pulling snow, hail and showers down across England. The Midlands is likely to get it and Polesworth is in the Midlands. 

I got some old whit spanners in a second hand shop in Tamworth for doi...

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Atherstone lie-over

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Atherstone has to be my favourite village so far in as much of middle England as I have covered. 

Tell me about it.

Real ale at The Angel,

real motor factors at Autoquip,

real breakfast at Café Resta,

real hardware store in Long Street, 

real trains and buses by the mooring

I haven't even STARTED

and I'm certainly not finished

...... to be continued ......

I had limped into Atherstone a week ago with a broken throt...

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What is a "macerator"

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

OED: 'macerate'  (especially with reference to food) "soften or become soft by soaking in a liquid".


8.15am Wed.19th Bridge 43a Coventry canal. A good night's sleep having been enjoyed and the sun shining in a blue sky, I've made coffee and had two boiled eggs with toast when next door's engine starts. It's a 60' floating corridor with a lovely couple on their second day's hiring. They tied up 'longside last night and we had chatted. They had rightly backed off...

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Nuneaton to Atherstone in the wind

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This is the day the throttle cable finally breaks and the last three miles are completed with the aid of an elastic band. Including the first five locks of the Atherstone flight. In a howling wind. 

I earned this experience.

I REALLY earned this experience.

The throttle control has never been 'smooth and right' on Pentargon.

It's the original from 1973 using a "piano wire " inner and is 3.5m long.

I rarely if ever use revs so it has not been slid along i...

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Hawksbury to Nuneaton

Posted by PentargonSpringer on April 19, 2017 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Coventry canal is everything the Oxford isn't and the moment you hit the last lock (all 12" of it) the evidence is clear,