Saturday, January 19, 2008

Keeping a distance

How's this for a clever idea. Take a look at butty Betelgeuse moored up inside mother ship Arundel at Uxbridge. Presumably for security reasons, the owners have ingeniously managed to keep them a few feet from the towpath bank, whilst still maintaining tight mooring ropes.

The secret is in these T shaped stays pressed against the bank, and tipped with a little wheel to allow some fore and aft movement. I don't know if this is an original idea or if it is old hat amongst the cognicenti. Has anyone seen something similar?

Arundel has been working the gravel run from Denham to Hayes for some time now, but has recently been joined by Betelgeuse to double the capacity. I've seen them together at either end, but haven't yet been lucky enough to see them moving together. I note they now call themselves Phobox Ltd. The Fellows Morton & Clayton of the future?

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