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Guidesman in Exeter Canal

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meechingman



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Taken from the bridge of the Guidesman in the mid 1950's. She is transiting the Exeter Canal. At the time she was the largest ship to make the journey. Does anyone recognise whereabouts she is. Seems to be in the locks, but where?

PS: Just found the entry in Dad's Discharge Book. This was between 2.7.52 and 2.8.52. Dad was serving as her Master at the time.
· Date: Tue, 11 September 07 · Views: 260
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richardc
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Registered: January 2006
Location: Devon
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Tue, 11 September 07 17:34

Hi Meechingman,

Looks like she's in the lock known as Double Locks to me and heading towards Exeter. This is about 2/3rds of the way up the canal from the entrance at Turf Lock and upstream of what was the swing bridge on the infamous 'Exeter bypass' in the 60's, now 1 swing bridge and 1 bascule bridge.

I remember the Tillerman and Esso Jersey being regular visitors to Exeter in the 50's and probably the Guidesman but memory is not too clear on her. It was great in those days, regular shipping up the canal to Exeter, kept the canal free of weed and silt, which is more than can be said for it at the moment.

Thanks very much for the photo brings back great memories of my childhood and early teens.

Regards,
Richard.
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