On Saturday we really struggled to get through the area where Grimshaw Lane Aqueduct had just recently been repaired. We were dragging the bottom and bouncing over debris before coming to a halt with a bladeful of rubbish & grounded mid channel. We where about 1/4 mile from the nearest bridge so spent 1/2 an hour moving coal to lift the stern and another 1/2 an hour crawling to the next bridge. After some some time on the shaft Brian managed to remove a large quantity of hessian sacking from the blades. Aghh the joys of boating!
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Brian & Ann Marie McGuigan are Boatmasters and Fendermakers trading as RENAISSANCE. WE carry coal, diesel, logs, kindling, ropes, fenders and other boat consumables by narrowboat, on the inland waterways of England for retail sale to other boats and canalside properties. We own a working narrowboat built in 1936 called ALTON, which we use for this trade. Our main area of operation is the Macclesfield and Peak Forest canals, Trent & Mersey (Kidsgrove to Preston Brook)and Shropshire Union (Middlewich to Nantwich, Chester & Ellesmere Port). Whatever the time of year we aim to serve our core customers at least once a fortnight. We can be contacted at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07791345004 or 07976 811073