Out of the Blue, from Strawberry Island Boat Club, Doncaster, had moored next to us, and Derek told us to talk to the harbourmaster, John Foster, to use his place if we wished.
Today began sunny and breezy, so after emptying a couple of loo holding tanks, off we set.
|looking back at the moorings and the CRT services at Thorne|
|we met a friendly CRT man at this swing bridge|
|Staniland Marina, Thorne|
|Sun warm, air cold!|
|It was good not to need so much bad weather gear|
There are only Thorne Town Lock and Bramwith Lock on the Keadby Stainforth Canal, but the swing bridges kept us busy! Bank holiday meant that seven boats passed us.
|Thorne Cruising Club|
|wide beam boats are popular here|
|nature finds a way, if it gets a chance!|
|Bramwith Bridge services|
What a lovely day, cool, windy but sunny. Depth and width were great, and being a navigation means no high banks, so we enjoyed the lovely views across the countryside.
|avoiding boats at Bramwith Lock|
Josie and 'Im joined us through Bramwith Lock. She entered the lock before a boat came out and passed in front of us to collect crew - a bit different!
|Josie and 'Im|
|we last saw Bussard on the Chesterfield Canal|
|dark skies as Josie and 'Im turned North onto the Junction Canal|
|Looking back: Right to Thorne, straight on North through the guillotine gates|
Liana had a great feeling of power as she operated the large lift bridge at Barnby Dun. Just as Annie passed through, two boats appeared, so Liana waited a couple of minutes for them. Everyone was grateful, and the cars were not impolite, thankfully! It must be the largest cantilever bridge that Liana has ever operated.
|traffic flowing again on this busy road|
|Annie looks tiny in a lock made for barges displacing hundreds of tons|
|the extra centre gates seemed to be unused here, as far as we could see, so we had the whole lock to fill|
|this must have been in the water a while!|
|leaving the last lock of the day|
|Liana securing Annie|