Day 39 – Stalybridge to Bugsworth


Further investigations this morning showed that there was a leak from the diesel supply into the engine oil. A fairly common complaint with this series of Lister SR2 engines.

Having descended the final locks of this canal we turned south towards Macclesfield and waited whilst we collected two additional members of crew, Mark Place and Michael O’Hagan. Bernard sought advice in the adjacent boatyard and fortunately found an engineer who knew the engine well. He confirmed the diagnosis and suggested places, inside the engine, to be inspected. A suitable supply of engine oil and a hand pump were purchased.

By this time it was raining and we resumed our journey. At Hyde we said farewell to Alex who was leaving to return to Durham. We had lunch on the move and arrived at the foot of the Marple flight of sixteen with their average rise of over thirteen feet per lock. On our way up the flight we said goodbye to Luke who was returning to Oxford ready to start full-time employment in London.

At the top of the locks we continued on towards the Bugsworth terminus of the canal. The rain eventually stopped and we had some spectacular views across the countryside from our position high on the side of the hills. Bugsworth was reached and we moored in the first available position before investigating the Navigation Inn just above the end of the canal. Some good beer was drunk and a better mooring place was found. The boat was moved as dinner was finalised. About one minute after we had tied up another boat appeared intent on using the same mooring – sorry chaps we got there first!

Menu: Full English with kidneys or cereal and toast; cold tongue and gammon salad; roast chicken with rum bananas.

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One Response to “Day 39 – Stalybridge to Bugsworth”

  1. Terry Gibson Says:

    Hi there – this is a selfish enquiry really, as our boat (Alron) is out and about from its base in Macc (currently at Chirk) and its trusty SR2 has developed the same problem as yours – oil level rising. With fear and trepidation I’ve removed the rocker covers and the side plate over the fuel pumps but can’t spot a visible leak.

    So really writing to see if you’ve made any more of the problem on yours, and also to ask whether you can remember who or where the engineer was that you spoke to.

    Apart from that – enjoyed the blog!


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