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Not sure the Thames needs that kind of help!
It is just you .Its probably just me but i looked at that picture and saw in it a nice little retirement job chugging around the river playing with a grabber. As long as there's a nice little wheelhouse on the boat with a heater.
I'm not on the east coast any more. Used to be based on the Deben and then lived aboard in London for a number of years. Enjoyed the Medway a good number of times including all the way up to Tonbridge on my first little boat.It is just you .
"a nice little retirement job "
The chap who took this picture works part time on this boat.
He works on and around the Medway for various companies,basically anybody who can offer him work .
Recently invested time and money to get various RYA qualifications to help get his skippers certificate.
If at any time you need professional and skilled assistance to move a boat (assuming you have one ) can recommend his services.
Where do you keep your boat is it on the Thames or the Medway ?
well no thats why the boat needed to include a wheelhouse with a heater for my dream job. Have you got other pictures of the operation?..... not on a freezing cold day in the middle of January with the rain running down yer neck and yer fingers starting to turn blue.
2 hour run just to get up there from Sheerness.
PLA now have these, they turn with the tide to collect the flotsam. Being U shaped the waste remains trapped until emptied by grabber much like in the photo in @Athomson s post.ea good ideas back in the 70s there were Dumb Barges moored up at various buoys along the Tidal reaches of the Thames where various driftwood, garbage, etc etc was dumped by an Authority of sorts these Barges were then taken away for garbage disposal somewhere Down River Does this still happen ?
Hi there MR P_O thank you everso much for that info and photo; yep using technology to collect the floating Scum and Drift 24hrs a day what a good idea ; in my days on the Tidal Thames it was them 80ft lighters being used as collection points ; we used to board them when matters were quiet and see if any thing unusuall was dumped in there ; mind you many years ago, (well before my time on the Thames ) it was found that London Gangsters used the Thames as a depository for those bumped off , or dumped them there, probably with a Bucket of Cement on each leg; yea that Thames has many stories to tell over many ,any years ; thanks again Mr P O
I can imagine that. I've got one of these Japanese paraffin heaters and while you'll need the window open still they kick out a lot of heat. Wick type paraffin heater | Toyotomi They still use them a lot in Japan so kept developing them over the years, consequently they are much better than the old Aladin and Valor ones you see for sale.There's a tiny fan heater to take the edge off it, but 99% of the time the windows are open to try and reduce the window fogging.
I've only just registered what you said there! Nice! What a trip on something like that. What did you do for sleeping? Pitch a tent on deck? Not sure it looks like there is space for any accommodation under the deck but guess not.the delivery trip from Liverpool to Sheerness
No, there is no accommodation on board. We stayed in a variety of hotels, guest houses, B&B's and even a large survey vessel at the various stops around the coast. It was made especially challenging by lockdown!I've only just registered what you said there! Nice! What a trip on something like that. What did you do for sleeping? Pitch a tent on deck? Not sure it looks like there is space for any accommodation under the deck but guess not.
Brilliant stuff. How long did it take? Hit any weather? I can imagine waves reaching the wheelhouse quite easily!No, there is no accommodation on board. We stayed in a variety of hotels, guest houses, B&B's and even a large survey vessel at the various stops around the coast. It was made especially challenging by lockdown!