Pennine Waterways News

Thursday 28 April 2011

Broken cill delay on Marsden flight

The Marsden lock flight on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is closed at the moment following damage to a wooden gate cill at Lock 32e.

The cill on the lock has been damaged to such an extent that the leakage through the gate will not allow filling of the lock. The British Waterways team are on site and will be effecting the repair today.

For the latest information about this stoppage contact British Waterways on 01782 785703.

Boaters should be aware that, when closed, a lock gate butts up to a wooden cill (or threshold) that forms a water-tight seal against the gate. These wooden cills are usually slightly higher than the adjacent canal bed. Attempting to enter or leave a lock when water levels are too low can result in the boat's skeg catching the cill and damaging it, or even ripping it out of place. This will mean a water-tight seal cannot be made, making it difficult (or impossible) to completely empty or fill the lock. Boaters should not attempt to force a boat over a cill but should ensure that the water level is increased before proceeding. If necessary BW should be called out to assist.

Pigtail Lower Lock (32e) Huddersfield Narrow Canal

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