At 6-30 on Sunday morning 3 boats locked out of Boston Grand Sluice on a level tide, They where NB No Problem, NB Balmaha, and NB Anastasia.
I decided to have a drive down to the River Nene to watch the boats come in from the Wash.
After parking the car near the old lighthouses at Guys Point I walked along the built up flood banks for approx a mile and a half. Through the binoculars I could see a large tanker but no narrowboat's in sight.
|Converted lighthouse at Guys Point.|
The narrowboat's hove into sight about half an hour later and promptly stopped and dropped anchors, well out of reach of my camera.
I had checked the tide tables so I reasoned that they had to wait for the tide to come in before crossing the various sand bars, they had a pilot with them from Wisbech who would be advising them on the route and conditions.
So it was back to the car for Sandwiches and coffee then, good job I had brought some.
After an hour or so the tide turned and the boats showed signs of moving, first heading East, round a marker, then heading West, all seen the through the binoculars before they turned in to the River Nene at further markers, thus becoming in reach of my camera.
|Heading in to the entrance to the Nene round the marker buoys.|
|Boats well into the River Nene.|
At this point they really picked up speed on the incoming tide and I had a job to keep up with them, from little dots in the distance I could now pick out the names.
|NB Anastasia in the lead, NB No Problem next, NB Balmaha last.|
At this point they overtook me, and I had to rush back to the car to get to Sutton Bridge, 3 miles away for more photo's.
|The NB's reaching the lighthouses on each bank at Guys Point. The|
level at high tide is seen on the far bank.
I arrived at Sutton Bridge with just enough time to park up and get down the bank. No need to swing the bridge for these.
|NB Anastasia comes through Sutton Bridge, you can see the tide coming|
in and pushing the boats along quickly.
|NB No Problem.|
They then receded into the distance to Wisbech, I did not follow them to Wisbech as access is limited at the Port (where my wife Gill used to work) and Yacht Harbour.
|Boats heading towards Wisbech.|
Well done to Anastasia, No Problem, and Balmaha for completing the crossing.
Links to the blog of one of the boats. http://noproblem.org.uk/blog/ http://waterwayroutes.co.uk/blog/