Monday 21 September 2015

Keadby junction

The River Trent pushes on up to the Humber estuary from Keadby. This is Lincolnshire, and very flat, but it's not unattractive in the evening sun, if you're in the mood.

This morning in the rain was a very different matter – not my cup of tea at all, and a potentially very depressing environment. We went to wave farewell to our friends on NB Two Can, as they went down the lock onto the river, catching the flood tide to sweep them up to the junction with the Chesterfield Canal. A 60 foot narrowboat was with them in the lock, and we wanted to see whether there were any issues with the lock for a boat of Erin Mae's length, and how they coped with the flow on the river as they were released onto it.

It all seemed OK, and in this evening's sunshine the lock was looking positively benign.

We walked up to view the point from which we shall emerge tomorrow, making sure we miss the ship that's been unloading its cargo of scrap metal today. So far the weather forecasters have been spot on with their predictions, and are saying it should be fine for our mid-morning departure. The main issues appear to be with the shallowness of the river – don't cut any corners is going to be one of the top rules of navigation. Hopefully I'll be able to report safely from the lock at Torksey tomorrow evening.


  1. Gosh - a real commercial ship! We saw none on the Trent last year.

    1. It's the only one we've seen. Today I got a copy of The Boating Association's guide to the Tidal Trent. Very useful – but you should just see the huge ocean-going vessel on the front!