56_Our Narrowboat gets stuck in Savick Brook!! Ribble Link Return
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56_Our Narrowboat gets stuck in Savick Brook!! Ribble Link Return

October 9, 2019

We start our journey today at our
mooring between bridges 24 and 23 on the Lancaster canal we are about 40 minutes
from the Ribble Link navigations and the surrounding countryside is mainly rural
with the odd farm dotted beside the canal there is a tight 90-degree bend into the
Lancaster basin where there are three staircase locks to take us down into
Savick Brook. The original tall sculpture called Gauging the Ripple known locally
as the Ribble Piddler overlooked the first lock and marked the beginning of
the Ribble Link was replaced in 2014 by the one that you see today and
is dedicated to the navvies and engineers who built the canal. We descend
the remaining three locks into in Savick Brook We pass the golf course where you have
to duck if you see a ball coming and make our way through the winding brook Our trip today covers 15 miles from our
mooring on the Lancaster canal onto the Leeds & Liverpool Rufford branch. Making
our way with some difficulty through the narrow and shallow, winding, muddy Brook
towards the River Ribble and underneath the A 535 . We moor
for an hour on the pontoon before the sea lock From the sea lock we make our way down
towards the river, when we get to the river we turn right and make our way
against the tide until we reach the open stretch of water at Aslands Lamp. Here we make a hard left hand turn onto
the River Douglas and head towards Tarleton lock We wind our way down the River Douglas passing some open farmland heading
towards Tarleton Lock Once through Tarleton lock we pass the
moored boats and head on to the Rufford branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal
where we moor in a lovely spot just before Fearns swingbridge. yeah good
morning everybody and welcome to our vlog you join us on a bit of a cloudy
day today yeah its just starting raining hasn’t it , it’s only spitting slightly don’t they don’t forecast rain
so we’re hoping it’s just kind of on the end of the weather front or something
because today’s the day isn’t it . Where are we honey? Don’t do that to me, today
is the day we go back across the Ribble Link. I was gonna say that but you stole it
from me. yeah we’re not well you are not particularly looking forward to it are
you. NO! so we’ll see how we go let’s hope the weather brightens up a little
bit .We’ve had mmm we’ve had a bit of a long conversation with one of the other
vloggers who went over the other day yeah hello. you know you are and
and I think Pats a bit more worried now
oh yeah just a little bit now I’m sure it’d be fine just watch and see so hopefully the weather will brighten
up and so we’ve got to be it’s we’ve got a be down at the the basin for 11
o’clock this morning yeah we’re just gonna set off. so we better shimmy on yeah
and so it’s gonna be a long day today it was a long day coming over and I think
it’s just going to be a just as long going back but different and quite hard work, for you. yeah I’m not looking forward to but
let’s see let’s see we might be quite surprised we’ll catch
up with you at Tarleton or in between oh yeah or in between keep
watching. See you soon. So we move down to here on Friday stayed here yesterday and had a
bit of a quiet relaxing day and today we’re moving on down to the Ribble Link.
It’s about what 45 minutes from here I think so left ourselves plenty of time
probably get there a bit early but that’s not a bad thing just had the most disturbing encounter
with a fisherman who said he was going to burn our boat because we asked him to
move his pole. So we’re just coming up to the turning
now just where you can see those railings ahead
is the entrance to the Lancaster Basin to go down to the Ribble Link. We are just waiting to go into the first
staircase look we’re on our own there’s four boats gone down before
us and one cancelled so we’re the last one in and on our own. so we’ve reversed into the first lock
and now we’re just reversing into the second staircase lock
and that’s just so that we can manoeuver when we get out it’s not a lot of room
to manoeuver when you get out of the locks so you have to go in backwards the locks backwards yeah very interesting going in a lock
backwards. day today to be doing this weather clouds look a little bit on the
miss up there so Pats just reversing out of the
second lock and into the third lock and you have to reverse in it’s because
you have to reverse out over to that over to that section there and then you
have to go that way under the little footbridge so as you can see there’s not
enough room to turn a 57 foot boat round so it’s better to reverse out and then
you’re facing the right way to go forwards . So we’re reversing out into the
space over there and that’s where we’ve got to go down thank you so goodbye the Lancaster and hello Savick Brook grounded a little bit under that bridge
there just as we came through but we were scraping the side that we weren’t
we were scraping the bottom so we’re a first lock already there’s only a few
minutes after coming out of the staircase lock and this time we have to
work the locks on our own. When we came up the CRT crew did all the locks for us
but of course we’re on our own so it’s just me. Eileen’s doing the first lock going on to
Savage Brooke these are not CRT manned all the time. Eileens jumped ship alleys jump ship while I take the boat down to the next lock.
She’s walking so I wasn’t expecting this
but I’ve gotta make some headway because we’re the last boat I am at the next lock, just waiting for Eileen to open this one up and then we’ll be
through this one. This is number three the CRT crew helped with lock number two but
we’re on our own for the next two locks because they’ve got to go down and sort
out the rest of the boats at the other end. so we’re just making our way through
some sections have been a bit windy and you can’t go fast anyway because then it’s a bit
of a steep bend here the golf course is just to the right
there and Pats using the bow thrusters just to bring the bow round
because it is a pretty steep Bend it’s been windy all the way.
There’s the bend we’ve just come round 90-degree Bend I think you can’t go too fast anyway otherwise
you drag the water out from underneath you
and then you don’t have any water There’s this thick weed just before the
lock look at that, it all gets round your prop and
then you are well and truly stuffed. I think there’s one lock but um I think we
get help help with that one it’s been pretty windy all the way down and although you can’t go very fast
there is a kind of a sense of urgency to get there because you know that you’ve
got to get to tarlatan Tarleton before the tide goes out. We just got stuck coming around that bend we were grounded for a bit
had to put a few revs on to get round the bend Oh, oops! it’s another tricky Bend and with the
shallowness of the water it’s not easy to get through to be fair sh*t Oops, we’re grounded Whoa! we’re tipping Don’t think we’re going to make it How are you feeling skipper? We are the last ones, we’ve got
stuck in the brook yeah we’ve had a couple of sticky moments haven’t we. Very we grounded completely and tipping over like that Oh! and I’ve got this one to deal with! so we’re just going through the sea lock
now we’re fourth of a convoy of five boats Lets see how we get on now So you can feel the incoming tide
already and we’re not even out on the main river River Ribble yet you can see how much we’re punching
against the tide There he goes! all right we’re just coming out to the
mouth of the river don’t know whether you can see how fast that’s flowing but
it’s flowing pretty fast we’ve just increased the revs Ahh! that’s not bad Patrick
no bad skipper Whoops!
Hey we weren’t dragged back too far and we’re out Where are we honey! the ripple thing the river Ribble yeah I am quivering. And you took the turn beautifully didn’t ya yeah but
you took it beautifully yeah we weren’t drag back too far. I saw one of the other boats he kind of went backwards uh uh I thought I’m not doing that and we didn’t Here comes his wake. Whoops!, OOPs We’re still get in his wake rocking a bit hello, how’s your journey across the
Ribble , this has been lovely this this section is beautiful it helps that it’s
a nice day it’s a bit windy so I’m a bit worried my hat’s gonna blow off but it’s
quite sunny so I need it . But we came out of Savick, Savage Brook really well and
yeah we’re just making our way up the Ribble, we are watching out for as Aslands lamp to do the left turn into the river Douglas
so but there are four boats ahead of us. so that’s four boats into the lock Two up first and then the next two
so it means we’ve got to hang around out here and wait for them for them to
ascend the look and for them to empty again How we doing skipper yeah I’ll be better when we’re in that lock. Don’t like waiting here. we’re just
waiting to go into Tarleton lock so we’re just on our way in
the last lock and we’re off out of the other side so back on the Leeds and Liverpool canal
the Rufford branch. That’s a gaggle of geese if ever I saw one So we’ve moored up here which is probably
about 30 minutes from Tarleton we decided we didn’t want some moor in
Tarleton and we moored here on the way up going towards the Ribble link and to
be honest its not too shabby that boat just there came over on the link with us a couple moored up in Tarleton. we passed
on the way and but we wanted to come a bit further out not too bad at all is it
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  • Reply Karl Johnson August 3, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I miss the Ribble Piddler. I can't remember why it was replaced? Such a shame. I noticed you moored overnight at Salwick Basin, the winding hole. I used to work at the BNFL plant alongside the canal there. Lunch hour, I'd often take a walk the towpath there. Shame about the grumpy fisherman too. When you entered the Ribble it took me back to my childhood when Mum would take us camping and fishing on the river bank. Ships used to come and go from Preston Docks and we'd always get a cheery wave from the crew. I must have a wander down there soon. It's so tranquil. Thanks for sharing. Loved every minute.

  • Reply H W August 3, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Hats off to you. After watching the Foxes and knowing what you had coming, every fibre of my being was tense ???. My jaws are aching. God forbid if I ever did that for real. WooooHooooo ! You made it. Safe and sound. ????

  • Reply SCCFORUM August 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Fascinating and brilliant Vlog. ?

  • Reply John Cassels August 3, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Lovely video as always. Any chance you could increase the sound volume a tad (or two tads even) in your next episode? Many thanks!

  • Reply darren slater August 3, 2019 at 9:55 am

    the title had me with images of you stranded till a next tide. well done both of you. so are we going to see you at the johnson locks soon?

  • Reply John Cassels August 3, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Savick Brook is a bit marginal, to say the least. Shame they could not have dug it out to more normal canal dimensions and depth.

  • Reply June Percival August 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

    It’s always less scary when the sun is shining!

  • Reply spymaine89 August 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

    you vid. the pole lunatic and send threat to local police. simple.

  • Reply Thomas James Tannian August 3, 2019 at 10:41 am

    You made that look easy?. Well done it look very shallow good work. It's a shame you had to meet that ill temper thug. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply spymaine89 August 3, 2019 at 10:50 am

    very nice boat and canal scenes. .

  • Reply Ian M August 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Really enjoyed that guys – Excellent navigating throughout ……. you should be very pleased with yourselves

  • Reply Keith Gordon August 3, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Scary! Very fraught. Shame about the fisherman upset on top of everything else!

  • Reply Andrew Rimington August 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Great video, well done and keep the vlogs coming.?

  • Reply Carole Webster August 3, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    'Savage' Brook. ? They should re-name it that. ?

  • Reply Peter Mcintosh August 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Savick Brook is what it is , it starts at around 10 miles east of Preston ( a dripping Tap ) about 10 miles to the East, runs thru Fulwood (northern outskirts of Preston ) about 4 ft wide , it might go under a tunnel , not sure , then to the Lanky Link. bit of useless info I am sure / ha ha

  • Reply Kath Roscoe August 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Well done for getting through. Savick Brook looked very tight. Lovely vlog as always!

  • Reply Peter Mcintosh August 3, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    the Port of Preston is just further up. was once 50 years ago a commercial Dock, now just recreational , Fyffes ? used to bring Bananas from the Caribbean with the appropriate crew , in Presto then there was a saying that if you thought you were beinf conned you would say " where do you think I am from ? off a Banana boat "

  • Reply Jacqueline Nottage August 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Hi guys That was a bit of a challenge well done ?? Thanks for taking us with you ?

  • Reply Michael W. Salter August 3, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Looks like the bow thrusters got a good workout. Well, at least the bottom of the boat got a good scraping. The skipper earned his GT that day. It’s nice the day ended in the country with beautiful skies. Thanks for the vlog.

  • Reply colm one August 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    The work you put into making these videos including the aerial views and the written description is truly exceptional.
    Watching this was a really enjoyable experience and skilled work getting through the Savick Brook and then going
    out onto fast flowing open water.
    You get on so well together and really enjoy yourselves.
    This is one of my favourite Channels.

  • Reply Mike Coker August 3, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Oh, well done, sir!

  • Reply Gloria Doidge August 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Thankyou,that was very enjoyable.What interesting and lovely scenery.

  • Reply Mark NB Last Derbyshire Miner August 3, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Great vlog guys, think Pat did a great job coming out onto River Ribble ??(better than foxes)

  • Reply Lynn Bigner August 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Brave as lions. Love the running commentary. Scary and beautiful. Something for everyone. Great vlog.

  • Reply Maureen Byrne August 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    A little bit af an adventure to get thru. Glad u made it and I look forward to the next part of u journey. M

  • Reply Stuart August 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I lived every minute of your transit down the brook , nice blog.

  • Reply Jean-Louis HUGE August 3, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Hello Pat & Eileen very very beautiful video, nice performance of navigation, savick brook is not the best place to sail, but you've done well with brio, it's always a pleasure to watch a nice couple

  • Reply Alec August 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I'll take it thats your one and only trip to the lancaster

  • Reply Morrislouise Eagle August 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Brave – very brave- well done ❤️??x

  • Reply Steve Wildman August 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Nice one guys . Good to see you survived " Savage brook " .

  • Reply Weird Side August 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I think I'll end up on a boat

  • Reply Marty Jeruzal August 3, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I enjoy your mapping you daily trips

  • Reply Marty Jeruzal August 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Awesome sailing Pat.

  • Reply Patricia P August 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Pat and Eileen…this was GRIPPING Stuff! Felt like I was with you every inch of the way, your videoing skill was so good. Proud of you both! Eileen's laugh while riding that boat's wake was so cute and stellar job, Pat on that turn off Savage Creek! So endearing, you two xx Gone to daydream over my imaginary narrowboat 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Reply Bart’s Blog - A Very Narrow Journey August 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Fab vlog – loves this one xx

  • Reply Ian of SJKartwork August 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    That looked hard work…well done excellent vlog….thanks for sharing

  • Reply Ian of SJKartwork August 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    That looked hard work…well done excellent vlog….thanks for sharing

  • Reply Tim August 3, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Great video loved every minute of it. Excellent navigation skills from Pat.

  • Reply QiaJenae Hamilton August 4, 2019 at 1:36 am

    What a challenging day you both have had! Just ignore the rude fisherman; you are beloved!

  • Reply Carol rayfield August 4, 2019 at 3:26 am

    That was so scary ? but you did an excellent job there skipper, well done both of you ? so glad you made it through in one piece xxx

  • Reply Bernie BNE August 4, 2019 at 3:41 am

    A bit scary considering it's your home that's tipping sideways. Hope you enjoyed your time on the Lancaster I certainly did.

  • Reply Gonads1259 August 4, 2019 at 9:47 am

    The Savick Brook Ribble Link is a joke in my opinion. In places its nothing more than a drainage ditch

  • Reply Roy Mottershead August 4, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Hi guys hope your both well, WELL DUN that was amazing, was really looking forward to this vlog, and you didn’t disappoint,great camera work and some brilliant boating ?,take care kind regards R.

  • Reply lori thorpe August 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Great video , it looks like that savick brook needs a good dredging & widening ,it looks like it's a nightmare for you bargers , you pay enough tolls , it makes you wonder what they do with your money . Thanks for sharing . ??

  • Reply Debbie Copening August 4, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I just found your channel, watched your first 2 vlogs then this one. You have grown your video skills??. Great job on the Ribble navigation. I’m a new YouTube creator working up my first videos and learning from watching others like you. Love the google maps intro

  • Reply Good Moaning Vietnam August 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Well done you two it must be nerve racking doing that in a narrow boat, all that siding for the tide to push against. It's my 1st visit here and will return.

    I used to own a wooden 30ft cabin cruiser and spent a lot of time in Holland, was making a journey down the coast Breskens to Oostende had to take refuge in Zeebrugge as the on shore breeze made navigation difficult. To keep course I had to tack into the wind to clear the shore and then try and gain headway. It was a great choice as we later heard that Oostende port was closed and boats had to circle for hours. While we tucked into a steak and a few beers.

  • Reply ipb1966 August 4, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Great video ? But can you please stop fading sentences out before they finish? Thanks!

  • Reply Rachel Marshall August 4, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Fascinating videos , as always . Could I please ask where your boat was built ? Sorry for being nosey, lol. All the best x

  • Reply Bob Smithies August 4, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    That was an adventure.

  • Reply Foxes Afloat August 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Loved it. Could see the stress in Pat's face, but did a fantastic job. That water in the brook was a lot lower than it was for us. Love and miss you both xxxxxx

  • Reply Peter Simonson August 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    It would be a good idea if you would learn to go round corners properly. You are consistently keeping too close to the wrong side of the water.

  • Reply James Evans August 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    if I where closer I'd come a give you a push! to get you through Savick brook

  • Reply Brian Gillis August 5, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Hello Pat and Eileen, Thank You for such a well presented and broadly aspected video. We like the 'pre-film' map trace of your journey, which gave us a much better understanding of the distance involved and the difficulties which could (and did!) arise. Good Luck with your future cruising, we have only just now subscribed to your channel, so we have some catching up to do.
    All the Best, Brian and Chris.

  • Reply Tony hood August 5, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Nice vid

  • Reply Curtis Hustace Photography And Video August 5, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Are you sure that was a canal? Looked like a really narrow muddy ditch! I’m from the USA so what do I know! Haha. Enjoyed your video, narrowboating is fascinating!!

  • Reply Jim Lawrance August 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Keep up the great vlogs, we are thinking of going on the Lancaster next year so your vlogs are really helpful. Not looking forward to the Ribble Link at all.

  • Reply Dallas Sukerkin August 5, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    It seems that I am a late-comer to your lovely channel but I am happy to have found you :). I applaud the name of your craft :chuckles: – a future I aspire to for myself :D.

  • Reply John Melville August 5, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Fascinating video. There's more to narrowboating than I realised. I haven't got one, yet!

  • Reply Sharlene Morris August 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Hi we're on our way up to the Lancaster on our narrowboat . We have a very low draft , and I was wondering is there a limit on the draft of the narrowboat. Thank you

  • Reply trueblue August 5, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Well done -I just dont like rivers like that – so easy to get something around that prop – then big probs – seen it happen a few times now – great video -and thank you for sharing –

  • Reply Mark C August 6, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Pat and Eileen! What a wonderful VOLG! I thought the struggle you had with grounding was heart pounding! The two of you were so calm! It was good that you had the extra revs on when you got on the river! Great seamanship Pat!

  • Reply Cabin Cruiser Adventure August 6, 2019 at 5:51 am

    That brook could do with a good sorting out it looks a mess, well done to you.

  • Reply Peter Mcintosh August 6, 2019 at 5:58 am

    The Brook probably needs Dredging after 20 years especially in the lower sea water patrs

  • Reply Annie August 6, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Hi Eileen and Pat very enjoyable vlog as ever. Well done such a tricky bit of water.

  • Reply outofideas4aname August 7, 2019 at 4:36 am

    I've watched several narrowboat videos of this journey and lock and it always seems nerve-racking.

  • Reply Becky Holmes August 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I just finished catching up on your journey beautiful footage very peaceful and relaxing until this video wow scary in places glad you made it through wonderful skipper!!

  • Reply Adventures With Woody August 7, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I take my hat off to you that looks incredibility difficult I watched Silver Fox go through there & decided they deserve a medal ! as do you its in a bit of a state that waterway isn't it ?

  • Reply WanabeHippie August 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    What a trip. I wonder, would you do it again?

  • Reply bob smith August 7, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I can only imagine something like this in the U.S. it would be wreck in no time.

  • Reply Bill Burnhope August 8, 2019 at 6:44 am

    It’s bloody Brexits fault!!

  • Reply George Douglas August 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Well done on getting through that stretch. Two questions; any concerns of meeting another boat in that section (or is it controlled in some way) and could a decrease in your draft be gained by dumping from your freshwater tank? Great video and I know that boater’s angst all too well.

  • Reply Our Days Out August 9, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Great Vlog again Guys.

  • Reply A Life Full of Meaning August 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Well done Skipper, I was on the edge of my seat! I am so glad Nutshell is too long for ‘Savage’ brook as I would panic!

  • Reply david bell August 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Well done you two are a lot braver then me , no way am I doing that ?

  • Reply crankjazz August 13, 2019 at 12:42 am

    "Steep bend"? Is that like a "tight hill"?

  • Reply cosgrove notts August 15, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Seat of your pants stuff

  • Reply LEE BOLTON August 15, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Very enjoyable vlog

  • Reply LEE BOLTON August 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Nice skills, looking forward to the next vlog

  • Reply Karl Johnson September 29, 2019 at 3:48 am

    Beautiful. This was my childhood playground. We used to camp on the Ribble banks. Thanks for the ride.

  • Reply Karl Johnson September 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    "Savage Brook". I love it! 🙂

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