Single frame… Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal

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Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 800

Tranquillity… a 60ft long narrow boat, moored on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Keepers Lock at Fradley Junction.

A brisk morning stroll and a spot of ‘gongoozling’ before the first outdoor pub lunch of the year (and a couple of pints of Everards Tiger) at The Swan.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Trent & Mersey Canal, Fradley Junction

Trent & Mersey Canal, Fradley JunctionTrent & Mersey Canal, Fradley Junction
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-T 100mm f/2.8 – 1/125s, f8, – Agfa Vista 200 rated at ISO 100

Some more ‘gongoozling’ on a recent Photography Friday outing, this time at Fradley Junction, where the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals meet…

It was also warm enough for the first outdoor pub lunch of the year (and a couple of pints of Everards Tiger) at The Swan.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… St Pancras Basin

St Pancras Basin, February 2019St Pancras Basin, February 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Portra 800 rated at ISO 400

A couple of hours between trains in London recently gave me the opportunity to explore St Pancras Basin on the Regent’s Canal. It’s an interesting location, one worth further visits (in better weather!)

The dull weather actually suited my purposes with this image though… the drab sky and grey catenary powering the Channel Tunnel Rail Link contrast rather nicely with the colourful boats and brickwork surrounding the basin.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… S and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin

S and L Ltd, Langley Mill BasinS and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5~6.7 OIS at 107mm, 1/250s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago I was wandering around Langley Mill basin on the Erewash Canal and this barge rudder caught my eye.

I believe the ‘S and L Ltd’ refers to the firm of Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd who owned and operated a fleet of canal boats until the 1970s.

Monochrome Monday… Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal

Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey CanalSteamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm – 1/250s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

Another shot taken with a charity shop find Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 lens mounted on my Nikon FE2. A steamboat chuffs its way along the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow during a recent(ish) ‘Photography Friday’ jaunt.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25

Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P – 1/250s, f8, – CineStill BwXX rated at ISO 250

An unusual sight on the UK’s canal network… this Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or ‘Higgins Boat’ was spotted at Beeston Marina in Nottinghamshire a couple of weeks ago.

Designed by Andrew Higgins more than 23,000 LCVPs were built between 1942 and 1945, used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II, they were capable of carrying a 36-man platoon, a Jeep and 12 men or 8,000lb of cargo.

Assuming the ‘PA26-25’ number is correct then this particular vessel was one of 33 assigned to the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26), an Arthur Middleton class attack transport ship launched in 1941.