Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

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:
Foulridge 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.
Bev :-)

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Viewed: 2014
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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8959 W: 361 N: 20743] (81820)
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