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Cruising the Shropshire Union Canal in an aircraft carrier !

Cruising the Shropshire Union Canal in an aircraft carrier !

Shipmate in front hatch of two man modle, 5hp engine.

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brilliant model, how long did she take to build, am sure you get plenty comments,and raise a few eyebrows, looks good I must admit, well done.

Jim.
 

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Highlander, it probably took about 2 or 3 years to convert from an ex Royal Navy recruiting device, a stage prop in fact. It was a pretty bashed about waterline model that had been built before the real one was built. After touring the country for 30 odd years it was going to be burned but I persuaded them to let me have it. Work continues when weather and finances permit ( I live in the Scottish Highlands , about a foot of snow at the moment, Feb 7th !) Best comment was on the road (trailer it about) by a police officer who pull me up for speeding and said he wouldnt book me because he would have to write a report saying something about HMS Invincible on the M6 etc etc. I might post more pictures of the build.
 

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What a shame we didn't see anything like this on the Union Canal 18 months ago! All the same we had a marvellous 2 weeks. I bet you turned more than a few heads and I think that was the best reason to avoid a speeding ticket I've heard of - obviously the policeman had a sense of humour!
 

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if i'd have seen that sailing round the next bend towards me i'd have had a b.....y heart attack, lol.
beautiful model, what a buzz sailing it.
 

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Sister Eleff, maybe the copper knew the desk sergeant didnt have a sense of humour ! Isnt that viaduct/aquaduct scary !
 

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Are you actually sitting in it then?
 

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I'm not sure which viaduct/aquaduct you mean, I loved cruising over the top of a motorway!
I can't remember which canal the Hatton Flight was on but I was quietly dreading that flight of 21 locks. In the end we went up with another boat and had a great time laughing all the way until we all (the lock workers from the other boat) collapsed at the top at the wee cafe for lunch - Oh and the skippers too!!
I do remeber that pipe going over the top and the other one just before the bridge. I was fascinated by the bridges.
 

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Eleff, you must have been on the another Union Canal, you would have remembered the one on the Shropshire Union. Coastie , Yes a crew of two, one in each hanger lift hatch, engine in a box at aft lift .
 

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Thanks for your info, liked the other comments especially about the Copper, LOL thats right, I have been hearing all about the snow at home, and there is more forecast.

Sister Eleff, The canal you arte talking about, would that not be the Union Canal that is between Glasgow and Edinburgh, do you remember the Falkirk Wheel
 

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No Highlander, probably the Grand Union Canal in England( Birmingham/Braunston/Kings Langley). The Union Canal in Scotland joins the Forth & Clyde canal(Glasgow to Grangemouth) at the Falkirk Wheel (ie Edinburgh to Falkirk).
 

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