THE CUT TO CAERNARFON: 2-disc set (Price £19.95)
a) Volume 1: “The outward bound journey” b) Volume 2: “The inward bound trip – bringing the slate home!” Total running time 5hrs 10minutes
The 1998 “Spirit of adventure” cruise of NB “Progress” was undertaken to highlight the plight of little used and endangered navigations, sights and restoration schemes. Its focus was the problems being encountered at the time by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals with their crossings of the new M6 Toll road.
The outward bound journey started at Braunston and ventured Northwards via the BCN to Chester where access to the Dee was obtained. From here the boat went along the North Wales coast past Llandudno to Port Penrhyn. The dangerous passage was then made through the notorious Menai Strait to Port Dinorwic. From here the final triumphant approach was made to a reception at Caernarfon. Many historical towns, museums and sites were visited en route, gaining support for the backing of a worthy cause, the “Progress Appeal”.
Running time 159 mins.
Whilst at Caernarfon we made friends with the Welsh Slate Museum and discovered ties with the Midlands and so to “add” to the purpose of the voyage, we deemed to carry a cargo of slate back to the Midlands without transhipment…a first! From Caernarfon we headed through the dangerous waters of the Menai Strait to Conway, up the Conway River and then out, round the Wirral coast to the Mersey. In Birkenhead we moored with the warships and U-Boat(!) before heading off to visit the St Helens canal and the upper Mersey Navigation. The Manchester Ship canal led us to the river Weaver and the Anderton lift before a mass convoy was led up the MSC to Salford Quays to attend the IWA festival.
An exciting, varied and spectacular cruise, not to be missed.
Running time:151 mins
a) Volume 1: “The outward bound journey”
b) Volume 2: “The inward bound trip – bringing the slate home!”
Total running time 5hrs 10minutes
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