Several bumps in the night woke us, this turned out to be Exol Pride going down through the docks and locking onto the Ouse to head to Hull for the next load. Considering the noise of their engine last night they managed to move off very quietly.
The weather forcast for the next few days isn’t so good, wet and strong winds, so this morning we decided to do the chores that meant moving Lillian. First water then we nudged up onto the water point to have a pump out. The chap from the chandlers turned up, brought out his pooh sucky machine and plumbed it into the elsan point. C&RT are aware that he does this. It was however a bit disconcerting as his pipework is see through. We certainly knew when the tank was nearly empty!
Then we pulled up round the corner to the diesel point and filled up. It’s about two weeks since we last filled at West Stockwith and the chap there wouldn’t let us fill Lillian to the top, so today we took on just over 50 litres at 60p. Mick went off to pay leaving me holding onto Lillian just as it started to rain. Once back in our mooring a cruiser came moored on the water point and headed to the Waterways museum for breakfast, NB Large Marge was about to come and fill and empty. They waited patiently and the cruiser let them know when they moved off. Once the pooh sucky machine was hooked up we decided that it would be polite of us to go and look round the museum rather than watch the contents leave their boat.
Think he’s a bit bored from reading the same paper for years!
The Yorkshire Waterways Museum is more a museum about Goole Docks than Yorkshire’s waterways. It’s not big but quite interesting.
Ship Building notes
In 1626 Cornelious Vermuyden drained the marshes and dug the Dutch River. In 1826 The Aire and Calder Navigation Company opened the canal, Goole the town and port on the side of the River Ouse improving water transport greatly. Originally the plan was to build a square with grand buildings on three sides and a dock on the forth, but the lack of money meant only buildings were built on one side, Aire Street.
He’s busy doing nothing!
First Aid Kit
As the docks were built the earth dug out was used to help raise Goole above the river to help stop flooding. The town and dock grew to meet the needs. The Barge and Ship Docks were first to be built, their locks into the river were small. After a Bonded Warehouse was built foreign boats wanted to use the port so more docks were needed and a larger lock was built to accommodate the steamers. It wasn’t until after 1930 that all the docks were used to full capacity. Ocean Lock was opened in 1938 being the biggest lock that could now receive big boats.
Hydraulic hoist working model
In 1853 William Hammond Bartholomew became the engineer for the Aire and Calder Navigation, his work made the navigation one of the most advanced and successful in the world. He introduced steam tugs that pulled trains of boats, hydraulics to operate the dock gates and deepened the channel of the Ouse. In 1860 Tom Puddings were introduced, these could hold 35 tons of coal and travelled in trains of up to 12 units pulled along the canal. By 1913 1.5 million tons of coal were being carried to Goole where five hydraulic hoists lifted them into the air, tipped and emptied them into container ships for export. It must have been very noisy.
3 Tom Pudding containers
In 1986 the last Tom Pudding was used, marking the demise of the Yorkshire Coal Industry. The last hydraulic hoist was immediately listed as Grade 2*.
The display in the museum is interesting, the fore cabin from Sobriety has been put together in a replica bow. All sorts of bits and bobs to look at. Lots of detailed boat models were on display. I nearly thought about offering them my model of Oleanna to see what they’d make of it.
Keep going for up to three hours!
We decided to do a Sainsburys order as the shops here are quite a distance away and our cupboards were looking a bit bare. Much of the afternoon was taken up with this as we discovered that they were doing their 6 or more wine offer again. At first our discount showed on our order and then vanished! Would we get the money off or not? In the end we crossed our fingers as we stocked up on boxed wine.
With the VHF radio on we could hear a tug driver checking in with the Lock Keeper so we decided to head down to Ocean Lock to watch boats going out on the tide.
Mecanic with it’s yellow Derricks
First was Mexahnk, (Mecanic) a Russian boat. They gradually moved the boat into the lock where it descended about four foot and then waited for the tide to come in so that it would clear the bottom cill. This all took quite sometime, we had to clear the lock gates when they opened as a very loud Yorkshire man told us to with the aid of flashing yellow lights.
That Tug tugged
Whilst Mecanic was waiting for the tide we could see and hear on the radio Fast Herman backing out of West Dock through a swing bridge and then manoeuvre to come into the dock just above the lock. This was all being assisted by Little Shuva a tug. Another boat was heading up the Ouse wanting to pen up. So the Lock Keeper would be giving level readings of sand banks out in the river channel, getting one boat to wait for the other to come through where the channel is narrow. It was all very interesting being able to listen to what they were all saying on the radio, it’s all very informal, very few ‘over’ and ‘outs’.
Sun setting over the docks
We spent a couple of ours being big ship Gongoozlers before returning to Lillian and popping our tea in the oven.
0 locks, 0 miles, 1 empty pooh tank, 1 full water tank, 1 full diesel tank, 1 annoying chap who’d put bits of the exhibition together, 1 single purchase, 1 triple purchase, 5 Tom Puddings, 3 attempts to shop, 2 commercials going down, 1 coming up, 2 cruisers tagging along behind, 1 very big lock.