Allen Register 8th Annual Gathering

Courtesy of the Coombeswood Canal Trust, the next Annual Gathering of Les Allen boat-owners will be taking place on the 4 – 6 July 2008 at Hawne Basin, Halesowen, B62 8SE.
The event is organised by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS). Entry forms and further details are available from the Allen Register c/o
The cost is £14.00 (boat entry fee) plus £5.00 for 2008 Subscription.

BMC 2.5 engine (from the old black cabs): Water Pump required

This post is on behalf of my friend, Nick, who has been so helpful to me in the process of repairing my Ruston Hornsby engine. He’s on the lookout for a water pump for his BMC 2.5 (from the old black cabs) that powers his own narrrowboat. Apparently, these water pumps are not so easy to find as water pumps for some of the more common BMC engines.

If anybody has one for sale or knows where Nick can find one I’d be grateful if you could let me know by commenting on this post. Cheers.

7th Annual Allen Gathering

22-24 June 2007
Tardebigge New Wharf

Allen Register

Also, if you’re a Les Allen enthusiast, check out the Allen Register online. Jeff Barley’s list of Allen Boats that he’s tracked down. Jeff spotted me and Rambler at the Macclesfield Canal/Peak Forest Canal junction (Marple).

New at Portland Basin Marina

Great news for boat owners. Guy and Sandra Holding – owners of the Portland Basin Marina in Dukinfield (at the junction of the Peak Forest Canal and the Ashton Canal) – now offer a dry dock facility. Originally built approx. 200 years ago (Guy knows the exact dates) the dry dock has been buried under a dirt track for many years.

Late last year a couple of blokes with mechanical diggers were appointed to carefully dig out the mud and cobbles. Restoration of the walls and floor commenced early in the new year by some blokes with trowels. After two weeks of laborious reconstruction (in some places the walls were badly damaged) and a great deal of re-pointing, the Dry Dock reopened for business in May.

At the same time, Guy and Sandra launched a Day Boat Hire Service with two narrowboats, Bill and Ben, formerly for hire on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Boaters can enjoy many miles of picturesque canal between Ashton and Marple comprising, interesting bridges, long, dark tunnels, and a magnificent aquaduct that offers a spectacular view of the Marple viaduct.

For more information go to the Portland Basin Marina website.