GREEN AND SILVER
When British canal revival pioneer LTC ‘Tom’ Rolt crossed the Irish Sea immediately after the Second World War to explore the waterway system of Ireland, it was at a very low ebb: run down and seemingly on the way to being lost for good. As he recorded his journey on the Shannon, the Grand and Royal canals in this historic book, he was making an evocative record not just of these moribund waterways but of many aspects of the Irish way of life which were disappearing. He cannot have foreseen that the Grand Canal would survive, and the Royal be restored from dereliction – but they have, and this reprint over 60 years later is both a historic record and a fascinating contrast to the Irish waterways today.
Green&Silver, canalbookshop.co.uk, £15.95, 978-09574037-5-8 A COUPLE OF months ago we reported that a wayward dolphin had been successfully chased back out of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and into the Severn estuary.
However, over in the U.S., they’ve had trouble with a rather more stubborn marine mammal. A seal nicknamed Wrong Way Charlie swam into Lock One in Waterford on the Hudson River, refused to shift, and was still there five months later – amid fears that he wouldn’t survive the winter.
In the end, the lock had to be drained several days ahead of a winter stoppage just to trap him and get him back out into the ocean. So next time you see in a stoppage list that a lock’s been closed for ‘attention to seals’, you’ll know what it’s all about... if you lose it through its web-based phone locate feature, and there’s a remote device lock and/or memory wipe. We like it.
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