There had been a light dusting of snow overnight and we were away at 8.15. After some confusion over the whereabouts of the "T-keys" (or "Water Conservation Keys as BW used to coyly call them) that are needed to operate the Wolverhampton locks we arrived at the bottom of the flight an hour later fully equipped for the passage.
With a crew of three who knew what they were doing we made swift progress up the flight, despite having to take care in the conditions. We were soon joined by Mark, who used to crew for me on Starcross, but also knew Steve from our Salford University days. Now with four of us we flew up the remainder of the flight until catching the boat in front of us at the lock below the top.
|Friends Reunited at the Top Lock: Steve, Jim and Mark (on boat)|
On resuming our journey - not very much later we turned on to the Wyrley & Essington Canal where we were soon confronted by this sad sight.
|Someone's pride and joy no dount, but a sad sight now.|
|The BCN Society's "Barnet" on the Curley Wyrley|