Wednesday 1 October 2014


They send you down to the middle of Liverpool in groups – one per day, every other day.

By 9 a.m. we were all lined up but, as mostly first-timers, a little nervous.

The CRT guys open the swing bridge (traffic jams back to Bootle).

Robert, who managed our passage all the way down, was very helpful and informative about what we would meet along the way, and was there at each stage that needed help.

The first stretch had some tree-lined parts.

but eventually we arrived at the concrete. There are some rebuilt, decorative bridges in the lower reaches…

and eventually we turned sharp right to the four locks that drop down to dock level.

We shared the locks with Peter, Keren and Stuart on NB Still Waters…

and found lots of interesting stuff to talk about on the way down. Unfortunately this is a fleeting visit for them, and they're leaving again in the morning.

We passed through the first dock sections…

turned left to run parallel to the Mersey, and towards the middle of the city.

Down through another couple of locks…

and we were into Albert Dock…

eventually tying up in Salthouse Dock.

So would you rather be on Erin Mae, or in the Hilton! We had a slightly scary, but really interesting day.


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