Where canal meets sea...
THE WINTER engineering programme on the canals and rivers approaches its end, our picture shows a rather different lock gate replacement project. This is the sea lock at Glasson Dock, where inland boats cruising down the arm from the Lancaster Canal meet sea-going craft based at the dock.
Despite the wooden gates being more than 40 years old (retired veteran lock-keeper John Holstein can’t recall them being replaced) they’re being re-planked for further use – their long life being put down to the heavier than usual construction and the dense greenheart timber used. Exposure to sea water has led to some different wildlife, as canal supervisor Dave Bradbury pointed out: “We discovered hundreds of small eels, crabs and shrimps clinging to the wood, and the frames were covered in barnacles.”