Thursday, 13 June 2013

Well, movement!

This is DRAKE, renamed TAUNTON. Its a big old wooden hulled sinker. It has been here for a number of years licenced but unpaid mooring. In that time it has had 3 owners to my knowledge. It is, to all intents and purposes, a shell. BW/CRT seem to have ignored its presence much like they ignore many other boats around here that take the piss. In fact just under the bridge in the background is a boat that has had a ‘poorly’ engine for some eight months. Although this hasn’t stopped him from getting his 20 litres of diesel every week or so.


Well anyway yesterday CRT managed to get their finger out and actually put a ticket on DRAKE/TAUNTON. So maybe it will go soon.



Neil Corbett said...

Don't hold your breath! I am more of a pessimist than you obviously.
Kath (nb Herbie)

Graham and Jill Findlay said...

After all the posturing C&RT seem to have gone to sleep on the problem of freeloaders. Obviously too much trouble to chase them up.

A Heron's View said...

Motor vehicles over certain age do not have to be MOT'd and pay a lower road fund licence. In which I think that Elderly wooden barges should be treated to the same respect.

eeyore said...

If it does move it will be able to return in 28 days to make your life a misery for another few months!

Maffi said...

TAUNTON Built by WALKER BROTHERS - Length 21.96 metres (72 feet 1 inch ) - Beam 2.08 metres (6 feet 10 inches ) Wooden hull. Registered with Canal & River Trust number 519990 as an unpowered. Last registration recorded on 22-May-2013.

KATH I don’t suppose it will move any time soon the owners live in London, but at least the 'Patrol Notice' say that CRT have at last acknowledged its presence.

FINDLAYS That seems to be the way of CRT.

HERON I would tend to agree, but such boats are dotted all around the system. In this case the owners bought it for the right reasons, but only come to make sure it hasn’t sunk. They want to take it back to London, but London has more than its fair share such boats. Given that they have owned it for best part of a year already I doubt it will happen. They need to tow it to London. It’s a butty.

EEYORE If it ever gets to move off the mooring i think it may disintegrate and only float back in pieces.

m said...

Hi Maffi
A notice is no f*****g good, they need some rope and a tug!
All this CRT posturing, meetings,consultations and rule changing is achieving nothing.