Canal Boat - - News - LTC Rolt, Canal Book Shop,

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, canal­book­, £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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