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Copyright: Len Robinson (lennoland) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 1 N: 13] (132)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Action
Camera: Nikon D-70, Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300 1:4-5,6G
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 11:24
Viewed: 1796
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A leisurely cruise on the canal at Riddlesden, W.Yorkshire can be idyllic UNTIL catastrophe strikes.
Here we see the owners towing their broken down narrowboat along the tow path.
The man at the rear had to keep the boat out of the shallow water with a long pole while the front man had to pull the 30ft monster. When we met them they had another 4 miles to go.

The key distinguishing feature of a narrowboat is its width: it must be no more than 7 feet wide to navigate the British narrow canals. Some old boats are very close to this limit, and can have trouble using locks that are not quite as wide as they should be because of subsidence. Modern boats are usually 6ft 10in wide to guarantee easy passage everywhere.

Because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem very long. The maximum length is about 72 feet (about 22m), the length of the locks on the narrow canals). However, modern narrowboats tend to be shorter than this, so that they can cruise anywhere on the connected network of British canals - including on the "wide" canals (built for wider boats).


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thanks for let us know about narrowboats. anyway great capture, the moment it's all there. paulo

Hi Len,
Great capture of this scene. Why don't they use a car to pull ?
Good compo and colors.
Did you help after you made the photo ;-)

This is any excellent subject! I like the foreground action and I like as well the background. TFS.

Hi Len, love this! I like seeing the girl doing what? reading a book? ;) Excellent capture of the experience and a great story to go with it, that's what I like to see here! Mush! Mush! Mush! she screamed! TFS.

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