"So Carnehan weeds out the pick of his men, and sets the two of the Army to show them drill and at the end of two weeks the men can manoeuvre about as well as Volunteers. So he marches with the Chief to a great big plain on the top of a mountain, and the Chiefs men rushes into a village and takes it; we three Martinis firing into the brown of the enemy".
Kipling "The Man Who Would Be King"
The "canal project" that I mentioned back in #14 [clicky] has at last started (it's been a cracking, long warm, summer and there have been other calls on my time I'm happy to say.. 😀) with the start of the section I have an interest in, namely the Chichester end of the inshore route
|Map courtesy Chichester Canal History - Chichester Ship Canal|
Red marks the navigable route - I need to do some further digging to confirm this, but I already know that the crossing point at the top of Hayling had a swing bridge to allow boat traffic through, and just to the east of the bridge there are the remains of a pier/wharf so I'm fairly comfortable with that part of the route, but the map above indicates that the route would originally also have been north of Thorney, and that warrants some investigation as I have an idea where it might have been..
Blue is the Portsmouth end of the navigation which is next on the itinerary
The yellow ring is the following - Salterns Lock - which is the end of the Chichester navigation, and the entry to the tidal harbours...
Lock basin - following - with the harbour beyond...
The summer/retirement was also an opportunity to go walkabout with the grandson one day when his mum was working... our destination of choice HMS Victory, which is about to enter a massive renovation over the next three or so years... she was completely covered in scaffolding and plastic the day we went, and we heard while we were there that the renovation was in fact due to start the next day... I would say that having really enjoyed our day she is long overdue for it, she was looking a little sad and sorry in places, evidence of water ingress, some rot, and paint peeling, but she is still utterly awesome, and still projects a sense of raw power...
|Imagine that bearing down on you out of the powder smoke..|
|Upper/second deck - 24 pdrs|
|To the immortal memory...|
Well worth a read!!
Laters, as the young people are want to say...