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46 - Gloucester to Purton. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

Saturday 17th August 2002

We shoved off at 09:50 and had good run down to Saul Junction. On the way we passed NB Frogmoore III, the owners of John Chapman's boat NB Frogmoore II. We had been looking out for NB Stokie, to get some diesel, but we did no know where John and Brioni moored, so got diesel at Adulac between 11:30 and 11:45. It was to be an afternoon passage on Monday down the Severn Estuary to Portishead, so we just went to that magical place - Purton that afternoon, getting there at 12:55. 
In the afternoon there was the inevitable walk along the foreshore to see the remains of all the old barges, beached to help stop erosion. That evening Julian Tether came out to meet us and go to that special pub - the Berkley Arms at Purton, overlooking the Severn Estuary. We did NOT manage to persuade Julian to do the Severn Estuary with us!

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Looking back at Gloucester Docks. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at Gloucester. Romans Quay. The large trip boat is following us. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Hempsted Swing Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at  Hempsted Swing Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Sims Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Rea Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Quedgeley Wharf. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Sellars Bridge and "The Pilot" pub. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at Parkend Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Gloucester and Sharpness Canal just before Saul Junction.

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Saul Junction. Looking up the stub of the Stroudwater Navigation. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at Saul Junction and Saul Junction Bridge. The disused arm to the River Severn on the left and the stub of the Stroudwater to the right. 

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Looking back at Sandfield Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Fretherne Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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The refurbished Fretherne Bridge new control cabin. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at Fretherne Bridge and Wharf, Adulac fuel depot mooring is where the cruiser is on the right hand side. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Splatt Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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There are plans to make the Cambridge Arm navigable. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Cambridge Arms Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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The Cambridge Arms Swing Bridge keepers house. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Slimbridge Boat Services at Patch Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Patch Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Purton Water Treatment Works. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Purton Upper Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Purton Lower Bridge. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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Looking back at the Berkley Arms from the River Severn banks.

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The river Severn from the Berkley Arms fields.

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Laid up dredger at Purton. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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The beached barges River Severn erosion protection at Purton.

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Old Barges at Purton.

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Old Barges at Purton.

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The Berkley Arms pub / farmhouse at Purton.

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The moorings at Purton. Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.

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