What a beautiful day we have had in N.E. England. The temperature has been in the upper 20's. I hope it has been a lovely day for you too!
Today, I am posting a shot of one of the narrow boats which are very common on this stretch of the canal. These boats used to be used for transporting goods along the canal, nowadays, they are mostly for leisure.
This boat is just exiting the 'Mile Tunnel'. It is called that for obvious reasons. The red lights work like traffic lights and there is a notice informing navigators of the expected time to sail the length of the tunnel. I think it is 30 mins.
When I was a child, there were many stories about the tunnel; some were obviously to frighten children from entering, others had roots in history.
Here is some true information about this interesting tunnel:
In 1796, after five years of excavating, the Foulridge (or "Mile") Tunnel section (1500m/1650 yards) of the Leeds-Liverpool canal was opened. Because the tunnel is so long and there is no towpath for a horse to pull the barges through, between 1880 and 1937 a steam boat tugged barges through. Before 1880 men used to "leg it" through the tunnel. This meant that the crew would lie on their backs and push the barge through by "walking" along the ceiling of the tunnel. In the Hole-in-the-Corner pub is a picture of a cow that fell into the canal and managed to swim the entire length of the tunnel!
Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you found it interesting.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph.
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MEHMETALI (161) 2008-06-08 13:20
Dirty place, but clear Photo thank you.
romanaa (7982) 2008-06-08 13:50
I like this boat is not black, the black resembled coffins to me, but it must be great holiday on the canals, I have been to Falkirk wheel and since that time I think of it. I like the repetition of red retails in your shot and interesting note, too.
japiey (10163) 2008-06-08 14:04
Good composition from the place.
The colours are great..
Your title is interesting, as well as the notes.... and it gives a lesson about the tunnel...
Take care, dear BR.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-08 14:16
Hello Beverley! Wonderful momment. Fantastic picture. Nice lightness. Very nice colors. Good work. Good luck!
Estelle (2766) 2008-06-08 14:20
Lovely sunny and hot day in the Midlands as well. It seems they haven't been so lucky in some parts of the continent! Ahahah, for once, they are envying the climate of this island!
One mile long tunnel, woua! Could your tunnel be considered as the longest in UK?
Actually, I walked in one of those tunnels today with my local Rambler's association, just by the narrow boats. It was a quite unusual tunnel as it had some blue, pink and green lights all the way. It wasn't a mile long though, but we highly appreciated the walk in this cool environment. It was just so hot outside!
As for the photo in itself, not much too comment. I don't believe any other cropping would have been better.
gunbud (34066) 2008-06-08 19:24
This one should be sent straight away to British Airways! I love it it am lost for words. This series is delightful.
I live near the Erie Canal but all we have now is books, songs and crumbled ruins.
khalidraja (81) 2008-06-08 21:39
nice picture u taken khalid raja
efi (5219) 2008-06-09 0:23
the shot is crystal clear as usual and the story is very interesting..thank you dear friend :)
josepmarin (57883) 2008-06-09 1:19
This one is an interesting work for what you explain in your note in reference to what we can see in the image.
The set of this narrow boat going out of the tunnel it is very peculiar, because it is more habitual to see a train in this kind of event.
There is a magnificent graphism in these elements, with a great chromatic wealth and a few beautiful reflections in the water.
It is a nice composition.
Cretense (68695) 2008-06-09 5:59
Excellent day on what trully seems a beautiful day! Great and unusual view, excellent framing and composition, great light managment! Congratulations!
scalerman (26900) 2008-06-09 10:09
Beverley: these remind me of the canal boats in Amsterdam - nice optical illusion you've sprung on us here. regards, c
sam_wald (720) 2008-06-09 15:15
Interesting story behind; nice shot with colorful barge and sharp stones of the tunnel.
Clementi (52514) 2008-06-10 3:11
good composition from the place,
another great shot from this rive.
macondo (18623) 2008-06-11 4:38
You caught this one at just the right moment. Very nicely composed/cropped and whatever, and lovely colours. The notes are absolutely fascinating. I wonder if there is any lighting in the tunnel. If the journey takes a while I could imagine a back-up of boats waiting for the lights to change. The weather over in France took a turn for the better on Sunday, too, after some rather dull days in the Dordogne prior to that.
pablominto (53746) 2008-06-13 5:58
As always I'm impressed by those well adapted boats!
Made for the channels and most likely working well only there...
Some time back I was about to rent one for my holiday but I don't recall why it never came about!
This is a fine composition that conveys the atmosphere so well...
LamCam (3603) 2008-06-13 12:02
Tunnels give me the creeps. I think that the unfortunate cow would probably need post trauma counselling after its ordeal - I know I would!
The touches of red add spice to this typically grey-green landscape, and the traditional narrowboat is a treat to look at.
Thanks for the excellent notes.
Very best wishes....Maggie
Kielia (24073) 2008-06-13 12:08
thank you for this lovely composition. Its like returning in one's childhood. I love the amazing colours and the reflections. Thank you for sharing!
fanni (14381) 2008-09-07 9:47
I can almost feel the water - it looks so real! Interesting photo, very good natural colours! the water surface is really amazing.. and very good composition.
best wishes from Moscow,
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2014-08-04 7:45
I like this a lot, the composition of the scene is perfect to allow us to explore every element of the shot. A fine old barge and as it emerges from the tunnel it's creates excellent depth. I am trying to figure out what the colored diamonds on the front remind me of, and for the life of me I can't. Beautiful scene. Cool note too :)
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (33007)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-70, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Leeds and Liverpool Canal, GB Canal narrow Boats [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 13:05