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MYSTERY CRUISE 2002

The latest Progress cruise began at the end of April 2002 in St. Katharine's Dock, London.
The plan was to go from London to Edinburgh via the Isle of Mann.
As Chris said "Whether we go or whether we don't depends entirely on weather during June."
Unfortunately, the weather was not kind. Strong winds throughout June meant that a sea crossing was out of the question. There was also a breach on the Union Canal.
Reluctantly, Chris abandoned the plan to go to Scotland this year.
However, it may be possible to get to the Ribble Link in time for the official opening on 23rd July.
Watch this space ........

Details of the itinerary so far are:-

DESTINATION EXPECTED ARRIVAL ACTUAL ARRIVAL
Stoke Bruerne May 10th  
Braunston May 11th  
via Grand Union Canal to
Hatton   May 12th
Birmingham    
Teddesley Boat Centre May 16th May 15th

Stone    
Red Bull   May 27th
Middlewich    
Anderton May 31st May 31st
Ellesmere Port June 5th June 5th

Having arrived at Anderton Boat Lift, Chris is seen here being interviewed by the British Waterways film unit for a presentation at the BW Annual General Meeting on 11th July.
With thanks to Rodney Spokes for permission to use his photographs.

Photographs copyright of Rodney Spokes

 

 

DID YOU SEE PROGRESS ON TV?
Starting 2 January 2001 for 6 weeks - Tuesday Nights at 7.30 on Carlton TV
the adventures of Chris and NB Progress were shown as they crossed the
Channel to Dunkirk and visited Brussels to draw attention to the effects of the 
Birmingham Northern Relief Road on the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration.

COBURN'S LOAD OF OLD "COBBLES"
As on Carlton TV in February 2001 and in the January 2001 Issue of "Canal Boat & Inland Waterways"

YEAR 2000 ACTIVITIES
The Progress year 2000 activities took her to Brussels, carrying the Lichfield and Hatherton cause 
in respect of the blight then imposed by the Birmingham Northern Relief Road (now known as the M6 Toll) being constructed without crossings for these important canals.

Government announced, during summer 2001, new policies that now protect canals and potential 
restoration projects, from handicap by new road building. The 1998 "Progress Appeal" had a major 
effect in achieving this new policy, by way of raising the L&H profile.
Unfortunately the policy was not retrospective and the Lichfield & Hatherton still had a fight on their hands
to secure canal crossings for the BNRR (M6 Toll).
For more news on how this is going take a look at the Lichfield and Hatherton website on www.lhcrt.org.uk

Canal and Riverboat featured a series of articles, by Chris Coburn,detailing the complete 
"voyage" from the Thames to Brussels. This was in C & RBís March 2001 issue.
The magazines issue one month before covered Progressís slightly less dramatic, but nevertheless 
interesting, passage to the river Wye from Bristol, in 1999.

 

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