The Tuesday Night Club Official Web Site

The Tuesday Night Club on Tour

Index

Tour 2002

Index

3 - Haxey Gate to Keadby - River Idle, Tidal River Trent.

Friday 28th June 2002

High water at West Stockwith was at 12.00, so we wanted to get out at this time, or just after if we needed to wait for clearance. The tides were still approaching neaps, so it should be easier than on our arrival. We left Haxey Gate at 10.50 and arrived at the upper Idle sluice at 11.30. Martin Wilson had yet again been press ganged into Frogmoore crew along with Wilf. It was straight through, to wait for the upper sluice to drop and the lower sluice to raise. We exited at 12.10, the air draught under the sluice being greater, as predicted. Frogmoore went first and was overtaken by the first of two narrowboats just let out of West Stockwith. Earnest got caught behind the second, very slow narrowboat, so soon decided to overtake it. A flat out trial run then ensued. 
Uneventful run down on the ebb to Keadby. Neil hung back as the other narrowboat and Frogmoore entered the lock chamber. By the time Frogmoore had made an upstream of the lock wind, to drift backwards downstream, Earnest had winded below the lock to pull into the ebb, close to the downstream vacant wharf. We hovered here as we witnessed a bit of a pigs ear approach by Frogmoore, which amazingly had John Chapman at the controls. There was a Russian freighter on the still used upstream wharf, which meant that John's dash across the ebb side on. To gain control a bit of "flat out" was called for, but when in the lee of the freighter a rather large broadside wallop ensued on the piled lock wing wall. Don the locky gave some "Tut Tuts". 
Neil was unaware whether Earnest would fit in as well. Don beckoned Earnest in and Neil did a perfect, slow turn into the tight remaining spot. Don managed a smile - obviously a 10 out of 10 this time. We were laying off Keadby at 14.00 and by 14.20 we were out of the lock and swing bridge, on the water point, just above. Later we moved up the visitor moorings to where John had moored Frogmoore. First to arrive of the new crew was Wilf, John's mate. Next Peter Wright arrived in his Scenic, after having dropped Ian Clarke off at West Stockwith to pick up Andrew Goodland's Audi (Linda had given him Andrew's spare key). A rather quick car shuffle then ensued. This was OK for Wilf as he had eaten with John, (but poor Andrew went without!) Andrew picked Wilf up after he dropped his car at some friends on the outskirts of Beverley. That night Neil, Ian Clarke, Peter Wright and Martin Wilson ate out at the "Old South Yorkshire" pub. This has started doing rather uninspiring food. The closed "Friendly Fox", by the lock has reopened as the "Barge Inn". Andrew missed the pub, so had cheese sandwiches back on Earnest.

Dscn4465.jpg (68089 bytes)
Railway Bridge. River Idle.

Dscn4466.jpg (70605 bytes)
Misterton Foss - footbridge and remains of old tidal lock. River Idle.

Dscn4467.jpg (53881 bytes)
Misterton Foss. River Idle.

Dscn4468.jpg (97347 bytes)
Misterton Foss - footbridge. River Idle.

Dscn4469.jpg (51543 bytes)
We arrive back at the upper sluice and pumping station. River Idle.

P6280025.jpg (44175 bytes)
Upper sluice and pumping station. River Idle.

Dscn4471.jpg (46452 bytes)
Upper sluice at West Stockwith. River Idle.

Dscn4473.jpg (65661 bytes)
Upper sluice at West Stockwith. River Idle.

Dscn4473a.jpg (43709 bytes)
Barry Turner, the sluicemaster looks on. River Idle.

Dscn4474.jpg (70330 bytes)
One of the guest narrowboats - "Samsabode". River Idle.

Dscn4475.jpg (56379 bytes)
West Stockwith lower sluice. River Idle.

P6280027.jpg (75427 bytes)
West Stockwith lower sluice. Frogmoore waits for the levels to equalize. River Idle. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4477.jpg (83481 bytes)
West Stockwith lower sluice. River Idle.

Dscn4479.jpg (45989 bytes)
West Stockwith lower sluice. Slightly more headroom than on the way up. River Idle.

P6280028.jpg (73763 bytes)
Earnest leaves West Stockwith lower sluice. River Idle. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4482.jpg (46447 bytes)
Tidal River Trent - we pull out of the River Idle, Keadby bound and meet a pair of narrowboats just let out of West Stockwith.

Dscn4483.jpg (75830 bytes)
Looking back at the entrance to the River Idle. Tidal River Trent.

Dscn4484.jpg (51009 bytes)
NB "Samsabode" leaves the River Idle and heads back to West Stockwith. Tidal River Trent.

P6280030.jpg (64306 bytes)
After getting caught behind one of the slow narrowboats let out of West Stockwith Earnest decides to catch up with Frogmoore! Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

P6280032.jpg (43814 bytes)
Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4486.jpg (43063 bytes)
The Butterwicks. Tidal River Trent.

P6280035.jpg (40836 bytes)
Looking back at Ernest coming under Keadby rail / road bridge. Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4492.jpg (48071 bytes)
Approaching Keadby. Tidal River Trent.

Dscn4493.jpg (75067 bytes)
Gunthorpe Wharf and Keadby Bridge. Tidal River Trent.

Dscn4494.jpg (117520 bytes)
Keadby - Frogmoore has winded before the lock and in drifting downstream on the ebb. Russian coaster is the "Ladoga-17". Tidal River Trent.

P6280037.jpg (56744 bytes)
Earnest waits for the other boats to enter the lock. Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4496.jpg (100086 bytes)
Frogmoore is too far out in the current and has to "go for it". Tidal River Trent.

P6280038.jpg (68151 bytes)
Frogmoore coming into Keadby at rather high speed. The piles on the left were given a good broadside! Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

P6280039.jpg (65028 bytes)
Earnest makes a very controlled and sedate turn into the lock at Keadby. Tidal River Trent. Picture Martin Wilson.

Dscn4499.jpg (133923 bytes)
Locking up at Keadby. Three narrowboats can be accommodated. Martin Wilson on Frogmoore and Andrew Goodland on Earnest. Stainforth and Keadby Canal.

P6280040.jpg (63628 bytes)
Locking up at Keadby. Stainforth and Keadby Canal. Picture Martin Wilson.

P6280043.jpg (71211 bytes)
The "Barge Inn" at Keadby. This was the moribund "Friendly Fox" on our last visit. Stainforth and Keadby Canal. Picture Martin Wilson.

P6280044.jpg (62939 bytes)
John Chapman steers Frogmoore out of the lock and swing bridge at Keadby. Stainforth and Keadby Canal. Picture Martin Wilson.

P6280045.jpg (96253 bytes)
Our overnight mooring at Keadby. Stainforth and Keadby Canal. Picture Martin Wilson.

The Tour Continues...


Tuesday Night Club Members | The History of The Tuesday Night Club
Home Page | "Earnest" | "Beatty" | Canal Restoration