We left Alrewas, early this morning. There was a trickle of boat traffic in front of us and the chap in the boat, in front, was a sad person who was wearing a troubled life on his shoulders. My instinct is to be helpful but I am wary of certain people. I was on the Lock role, at the first 2 Locks. Chappy, in front was solo and I did help him, a little, at the Lock. The next Lock, he departed leaving his emotional baggage and I got the Lock emptied and gates open for Captn to bring DB into. You know I was paying little attention, well no attention to DB slowly entering the Lock. I’m best informed to moderate my helpful nature and button my control of most situations!
I heard an agonising ‘grunch’ (onomatopoeia for combined groan and crunch) as half of the bedroom side-hatch was amputated from DB by the Lock Gate. It sounded as awful as the damage looked. I was alerted, by the noise, that something damaging had happened. I heard a plop and automatically gestured to Cptn to stop. That was unnecessary as DB was moving into stop mode anyway as she was almost fully in the Lock by this time.
In the candy floss that used to be my brain, I was looking for a piece of wood surfacing in the Lock. Thinking back there was the wooden lining on the side hatch that I had painted. Looking down over DB I saw Cptn appear on the stern with the heavy duty BIG magnet on a long piece of narrow rope. He dropped the magnet into the water and started fishing around on the Lock bottom in search of connection with the Side Hatch. Patience is a virtue and Cptn patiently fished around until he spoke these words. “I’ve found it.” He pulled it up to the surface and it was just out of reach so he watched as it slipped off the magnet and back into the water! “Get the Boat Pole.” I was instructed, as he fished around with the magnet. Soon the Side Hatch was on the magnet and as it was pulled to the surface the heavy duty plastic hook of the boat pole was put in position. The Side Hatch was lifted aboard....tut tut.
|Hmm and we thought an amputated side hatch was a problem!|
We have moored up, for the night in Handsacre, Staffs. Cptn has become Carpenter and done a temporary repair on the gap left by the Side Hatch. Security and weather protection are sorted temporarily.
How lucky that Chris is multi-skilled. No sleep to be lost.