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... dating from 1888 to 1919. The canal itself began operations in 1879 and its locks and lifts were able to accommodate vessels of up to 300 tonnes. By the 1960s, this was no longer adequate for the new European standard of 1350 tonnes for barge traffic, and a replacement was sought.
Construction of the lift commenced in 1982 and was not completed until 2002 at an estimated cost of € 160 million (then 6.4 billion ...
... the steering and looking very calm about it, and then Sasha had a lesson in steering and completed a figure of eight on her own.
John did a BBQ on the grass area, so we took the table and chairs over together with a picnic blanket so Sasha and Ella could have a bit of a run around. We hoped they wouldn’t get stung by some of the nettles that were about but they were OK. We sat out till quite late before retiring for the ...
... at the moment) which houses 49 bells.
We had a chat with other boaters as they arrived. One English couple had had an accident grounding and scraping their boat below the waterline on the concrete side of the canal. The lady was at the helm at the time trying to take a photograph whilst passing a Peniche. He was not at all happy!! They have sailed yachts for years and this is their first season with a cruiser on European canals (a totally ...
... we started. We are tied up in a small offshoot with some barges. Including one thats used as a night club. rae is planning to take a look later. I think i will pass. i havnt seen much of Valenciennes. Just sorted out vhf channels and stopping places (unsuccesfully. ) Rae is doing her bit for a more pleasant atmosphere on the boat. Laundry. she will have seen more of the town than i. All I have seen is rats. Lots of them. red will be kept well closed tonight. belgium tomorow. Yee ...
... the boat and €2 for electric which is not bad really. We intend to make the most of this by recharging things, heating the water and doing the washing, using the vacuum cleaner etc.
We are impressed by the general feel of Belgium as they seem to be looking after their towns and villages far better than the French i.e. there have been no abandoned buildings that the French have thousands of. In France a family can own a house and just walk away from it and it ...
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