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.
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!
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.
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 .
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).