Monday, June 10, 2013

Cruising Through Stoke on Trent

A working pottery

Renovation in progress

 A derelict pottery with it's bottle kiln
We decided to make our way to Etruria Junction and get back on the Trent and Mersey Canal.  We worked through nine locks and three lift bridges today including the staircase pair at the beginning of the Caldon Canal. For a change Eric worked this lock pair using an extra long windlass as I had struggled on the way up the canal, while I sat in the depths of the lock. The previous boat had left the bottom paddles of the bottom lock open and we hadn't noticed so the water from the top lock failed to fill the bottom lock until Eric realised  and closed them and let some more water into the top lock.
Reaching Etruria we followed a very slow boat as far as Longport where he pulled in and then we pulled in to moor up. Now the moorings are full here. Passing through Stoke on Trent, I took some photos of the Potteries, one working  you could the white pots in the windows, another undergoing restoration and the last one with  it's bottle kiln alongside derelict buildings........a reminder of what the canals were built for in this area. 

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