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April 2007

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7 - Dublin, Ringsend Basin (inc Grand Canal Basin) to Portobello - Grand Canal Circular Line.

Friday 6th April 2007

After a morning doing the Luas tram system, we pushed off at 15:15. First we decided to do a tour of the Grand Canal Basin. The old lift bridge that went over the entrance between the two dock was in the process of being replaced by a fixed bridge, but navigation was still possible. We skirted the large Grand Canal Dock, somewhat sterile, there only being a few boats in the far corner. Two "Duck" amphibious vehicles were also doing the tour at the same time.
At 15:40 we passed out of Ringsend Basin and started up the Circular Line locks on our on. Stephen, the locky had given us a list of how he wanted the locks left, 1,4 and 6 empty and 2,3, 5 and 7 full. With Neil and Martin staying off and lock wheeling we got to Portobello at 17:00. On passing out of Lock No 7 we noticed that presumably yobs had broken off one side of the outer hand rail. We left it hanging on the centre closure chains, as if left out it would probably have ended up in the lock chamber.
The trip boat was out moving VERY slowly, we believe this was the only place you could get a drink on this Good Friday! We moored up on the visitor mooring pontoon, there were a lot of people about, sitting on the pontoon and chilling out. Just in case there was a problem Neil used the trusty centre eye, chain and padlock method to moor the boat. That night we stayed in (no where to drink!) and got a Chinese takeaway from just down Lower Rathmines Street.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Exit into the Grand Canal Basin was via a lift bridge, now being turned into a fixed bridge. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


The busy Ringsend Basin, Dublin. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


The visitor moorings on the Tidal River Liffey. Dublin.


Ringsend Basin, Dublin. The "box in the docks" waterways centre is closed up and stripped of exhibits. Circular Line of the Grand Canal.


We have just entered the Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


The tidal entrance locks into Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


The tidal entrance locks into Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


GCC 51M would make a nice conversion if the wheelhouse was removed! Grand Canal Basin. Dublin.


We leave Ringsend  Basin and head up the Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Lock No 1. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Lock No 2. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Huband Bridge, just below Lock No 2. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Lock No 2. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


We finally complete ALL of the main line of the Grand "Union" Canal!


Lock No 4. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Lock No 4. Note the standard Grand Canal "lock key". Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Lock No 4. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Our overnight mooring in Portobello, just above Lock No 7. Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.


Portobello, the old Grand Canal Hotel, by Lock No 7 Circular Line of the Grand Canal. Dublin.

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