The Wolverhampton 21

Water Admiral enters the BCN at Wolverhapton Bottom Lock (No.21) at Aldersley Junction. Keith looks apprehensive.
I wonder if he's put the kettle on yet.

A few locks up, in lock 19, the crew work the boat slowly but efficiently up the flight.
C'mon Alan, get that gate open!

When you look at views like this it is hard to remember that you are in the middle of town, but then most of the BCN is like this.
The viaduct carries the West Coast Main Line towards Stafford.

Lock No.17 is already emptied and ready for us to enter.

At Lock No.14 (all locks carry their number on the balance beam) Richard and Nigel discuss the progress so far.
After this it started to rain .........!

Despite its proximity to the railway and the centre of Wolverhampton, the top lock, with its picturesque terrace of cottages
always seems an oasis of peace and tranquility .......

...... disturbed only by the passing of the occasional boat.

We had entered the bottom lock at 15:10 and left the top at 16:55 - 1 hour 45 minutes to work
the 21 locks - which we thought wasn't bad going.


Gerry Cork - October 2001
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