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Autumn 2015

Posted by nigelorrmail on October 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Waterman is about to be winterised. She has done a rather strenuous but succesful round trip of the Nivernais, Bourgogne, Saone, Canal du Centre and the Lateral a la Loire this year as well as two other smaller cruises.

The weather was very hot and it thoroughly tested the systems on the barge.

In the spring I installed about 800 watts of electric solar panels on the wheelhouse roof. When the barge returned from her big cruise I tuned and finished the installation.

We h...

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Barge Technical

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Technical details of M.S. "Waterman"

  I am the proud owners of Waterman which is a 14.9m X 4.1m waterboat built in 1927. She originally had a large concrete tank in her hold to carry fresh water to customers in the Dordrecht & Rotterdam area. Her Bolnes engine is now taking it easy in a museum at the university of Eindhoven and she now sports a 5 cylinder Kromhout .   This page describes what systems we ...

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Barge history

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)



     The ship was built as a self loading and unloading cargoship for agricultural produce. She, together with a sister ship, was built in 1925. Her size was governed by the dimensions of a lock through which she had to pass between the river Noord and “Het Dode Maasje” which was an old branch of the “Oude Maas” in the polder south of Rotterdam . The lock to enter this old branch was located near Hendrik ...

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Waterman's Travels

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Waterman's Travels

July 2000 Canal du Centre, France

 

 

Well it's been a bit of a nature week. When there is a two year old with a very inquiring mind on board the boat you tend to see different things. The bird life is mixed at this time of year. There are some brave ducks that have already hatched their second brood with up to ten fluffy chicks in tow who, with su...

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Mayday, Mayday.... on the Seine

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Mayday! Mayday!.....on the Seine

 

Mary and I had parted company at Nevers. She was due to go back to the UK for ten days so I had driven her over to Montbard up in the Burgundy hills where the TGV stops on the line from Dijon to Lille. I became bored after a few days so Baron, my Gordon Setter, and I decided to surprise Mary by having the boat in Paris for her retu...

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Crayfish traps

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

ON NOT CATCHING CRAYFISH

 

   My partner, Nigel, remembered that whilst fixing a rudder on a narrow boat on the Grand Union canal, up to his neck in water he felt crayfish crawling on his feet. Ignoring my comment of ‘ugh’, he salivated on his vision of huge bowls of steaming crayfish such as the ones served up in Louisiana.   We have bought crayfish in Fr...

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River Baise Antics

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

River Baise antics

     The MS Waterman found herself moored at the Halte Nautique at Buzet on the canal lateral a la Garonne having completed a strenuous journey up the River Baise. She had just finished a cruise upstream to Valence sur Baise to become the first boat in about forty years to complete this trip following the restoration of the canal Eat your hearts out all you bargees with oversized macho luxemoto...

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The Doubs

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Doubs

 

    The River Doubs is a tributary of the Saone. The confluence is at Verdun sur Doubs. The canal that links the river Saone with the Rhine at Niffer follows the line of the river Doubs and for a while the navigation itself is on the river. Just when you become blase about all these beautiful French canals you some across another that blows your socks off. Today we have done the downstream...

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The Bee Man

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

“The Bee Man”  

    Bruno Poissonier had a dream. To combine his love of  inland waterways with that of bee keeping . His peniche  “Phalene” does just that . His cargo is beehives that sit on the deck of the 38m craft as it plies its way through the waters of the canals and rivers of Southern France . He follows the crops to catch the acacia or spring flowers or the ...

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Avignon Excitment

Posted by nigelorrmail on August 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Avignon Excitement

 

  The flood came quickly. There was little sign of it the night before but we knew that there had been plenty of rain in the Central Massif and that was going to end up on the Rhone. The Ardeche flows into the Rhone at Pont St Esprit to the north of Avignon. In addition the moorings at Avignon are just downstream of the lock where you would expect the largest changes of levels to occur in times of flood....

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