This is becoming a saga. It started on
15th October 2015
Python is on its way back to our canal.
To prove it, click here for a video of it leaving Paul Barber’s boatyard on the Erewash Canal.
For those of you who have no idea who or what Python is; you can start by clicking here.
In short, Python is our historic ex-BW working boat, now well past 80 years old. It has been laid up for two years. After endless trials & tribulations, heartaches & false dawns and thanks to lots of help from various organisations and, especially, our Pythoneers, it is now waterproof and canal & river worthy.
After tootling down the Trent, it is due to arrive at West Stockwith on Saturday17th. It will then return to its base at Shireoaks, where the Pythoneeers will fit it out internally.
Taken last week – back in the water for the first time in over 24 months.
Update 16th October
Python is now expected to arrive at West Stockwith at about 2.30 p.m. on Saturday 17th. Photos on the tidal Trent further down.
Python has a Facebook account! Click here to see it.
Python cruising the River Trent.
Update 17th October
Python is now back on our canal, see below.
Turning in towards West Stockwith.
Presumably taken at the same time as the above, but from on board.
Here’s the key photo (by Sentley Wilson) of Python in West Stockwith lock.
This photo was timed at 2.28 p.m. This surely means that Richard Allsopp deserves a coconut, given that the arrival time of 2.30 (see above) was his estimate.
Being moored just outside the basin.
Meanwhile, here are a couple more Trent photos.
Update 18th October
The Pythoneers got to Retford tonight. They will get back to Shireoaks tomorrow – Monday 19th.
Entering Drakeholes Tunnel.
Moored for the night at Retford.