THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF NB HORATIO SPRAGUE


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December 1st 2018
Published: December 2nd 2018
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The maiden voyage of NB Horatio Sprague.


Ready to go! Ready to go! Ready to go!

It is September 3, and we are about to leave the work mooring in Tewkesbury Marina on the River Avon. Our son Alastair has been fitting out the boat here since March, with a little help from us!
On September 3 2018 we began the maiden voyage of our narrowboat "Horatio Sprague". Strictly speaking this was not the maiden voyage, as we had already sailed the boat from Steve Heywood's boatyard in Stone some 85 miles to Tewkesbury in February. But then the boat was only an empty shell with an engine. Thanks mostly to our son Alastair it was now a beautifully finished narrowboat!

Although the original plan was to do a round trip of the West Midlands, a chance meeting with actress Niamh Cusack and her "Macbeth" co-star Raphael Sowole changed things! We were unable to get tickets to see the play in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Niamh challenged us to come and see it in London! As we had to get back to Tewkesbury by the end of October, we needed to complete the 387 mile 387 lock round trip in record time.

Never ones to resist a challenge, we set off for London via the River Avon, the Stratford Canal and the Grand Union. We arrived and moored in Little Venice in time for the performance of "Macbeth" at the Barbican on October 16. Thanks to Niamh for the challenge, the great performance and the
The Fleet InnThe Fleet InnThe Fleet Inn

First stop on the river just had to be the Fleet Inn for lunch.
backstage tour afterwards! Thanks also to our friends Ray, Madeline, Mick, Jan, Fran and Brian for their help and encouragement along the way!

Click on the "photos" tabs to see our photoblog of the voyage!


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Typical Avon sceneryTypical Avon scenery
Typical Avon scenery

Here is a typical part of the Avon on the way to Pershore. Green fields, woodland and expensive houses.
Eckington BridgeEckington Bridge
Eckington Bridge

Mooring on our first night near Eckington Bridge, one of the narrowest on the river!
EveshamEvesham
Evesham

Mooring opposite fields. The circus was in town that day!
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Pershore

Moored at Pershore within walking distance of the town in lovely surroundings.
This is the life!This is the life!
This is the life!

View out of the side hatch at our second night mooring near Pershore Bridge.
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Pershore

Tied up to take on water.
Fladbury MillFladbury Mill
Fladbury Mill

Moored below pretty Fladbury Mill.
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Bidford on Avon

The bridge.
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Evesham

The market square for coffee.
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Evesham

Leaving under Workman Bridge.
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Evesham

The lock and unusual cottage.
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Offenham

Taking water above the lock.
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Harvington

Entering Robert Aickman Lock. Named after a canal restoration pioneer.
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Luddington

Nice Moorings above the lock.
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Colin Witter lock. The girder structure was designed to counteract pressure on the side walls of the lock....not very pretty and gets in the way of mooring lines!
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Holy Trinity Church. Burial place of William Shakespeare.
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Moorings opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 1
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Some feathered "gongoozlers"!
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Stratford-upon-Avon

Ray and Madeline joined us for some locking on the Wilmcote flight of 14.


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