Pennine Waterways News

Monday 15 August 2011

BW Recover Stricken Boat - photos

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal was closed today between Mossley and Stalybridge after a boat came to grief in a lock.

The boat, nb Dizzy, was entering Lock 9w from the short pound above, which was very low. The stern of the boat became stuck on the wooden cill that abuts the top gate. The water in the lock continued to drain away until the bow of the boat took on water and sank.

It is believed that one of the hydraulic tail gate paddles was obstructed and would not fully close. BW say this had not been reported to them by other boaters, although one boater has said he reported it a week earlier. In addition, the lock has considerable leakage around the tail gates. It is understood that the lock drained so rapidly that the crew were not able to rectify the situation in time. Fortunately, no-one was hurt in the incident.

The boat owner arrived and assisted BW ground staff in re-floating the boat. This was done by sealing the front doors and vents and carefully re-filling the lock. The well deck took on water but the boat floated as the levels rose.

Nb Dizzy in Lock 9w.

Nb Dizzy lives up to its name, pivoting on the lock cill.

The pounds above and below the lock were drained to facilitate the recovery.

Doors and vents sealed, the water level is carefully raised.

Nb Dizzy afloat once more, although low in the water, having taken on water.

The excessive leakage around the tail gates may have contributed to the incident.


  1. I went through there last Thursday and yes there was a lot of leakage - the lock started emptying long before the tail end paddled were raised. However, this isn't exactly unusual for the HNC and it didn't occur to me to report it! The thing that did bother me was that on about every other lock at least one paddle didnt work.

  2. The narrow cannal is crap. always low on water and like Ahab says, unkempt. Nothing hardly works and when it does, it's hard work!


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