67. Narrowboat Pump-Out Disaster! Narrowboat Journey on the Calder & Hebble Navigation.


Good morning. It’s early. And it’s chilly,
we’ve got the fire going this morning. Smoke out the Chimmilly. Chimmilly? [laughs] So today we’re gonna turn the boat around and we’re going back towards Castleford Junction.
We’re gonna go straight over onto the River Calder, up towards Altofts and Kings
Road Lock and then to Stanley Ferry. [Music playing] At 180 years old and with a span of 165
feet the Stanley Ferry Aqueduct it’s not only impressive to look at but it’s one
of the earliest through arch bridges in the world and the longest span aqueduct
made from cast iron. It carries the Aire and Caldere Navigation over the River
Calder at Stanley Ferry and for over 120 years till well into the mid 1980s you’d
have seen trains, long trains of Tom Pudding boats shifting thousands of tons
of coal from here down towards Goole. The second aqueduct, the concrete one that
was built in 1981. [Music playing] This…. is a pump out and for those that
don’t know what a pump out is, on a narrowboat you’ve really got three
types of toilet the composting toilets, Cassette toilets and pump out toilets so
in a pump out toilet you have a big tank and all the let’s call it waste goes
into the big tank and then when it’s full or when you reach your pump out
point, you can pump it all out. There’s a big hose in here like a fireman’s hose and
you seal it to the boat’s tank and it sucks all the waste out. So why is this
one so significant? Well this was the exact first-ever pump out that I ever
used it’s at Stanley Ferry and when we had our first boat back in 2004, when we
got it back here to Stanley Ferry, I thought I’ll do with the pump out and
I’ve never done a pump out before. I was pretty sure it was easy to do put the
hose on seal it up and suck it out. The only problem was because we had a new
boat at the time all the boats from Stanley Ferry would kind of coming
around and in the boat having a look around, oh it’s a nice new boat and
everything, we had about six people walking in the boat, I’m pumping out.
Thought it had finished, unsealed the hose, took it off….. and litre’s and litre’s of
light brown purpley waste just can gushing back out of the hose, all over
the side of the boat, all over the windows. Over the shoe of a lady who was
jogging by….. and this was responsible. We’re not using it today we’ve got a
cassette toilet nowadays, but we using the water point just behind it. [Music playing] This feels weird. Yeah it really feels
weird. We recorded so many videos from here last year a Stanley Ferry and it
feels weird to finally have Narrowboat Silver Fox moored up here. You hear all about
like the Grand Union and the Leeds and Liverpool and the Oxford and the
Coventry and all that lot, but how often do you hear people say the Calder and
Hebble Canal? So that’s where we going, this is the Aire and Calder Navigation,
just about a mile ahead of us we drop back onto the River Calder
through broad reach Loch, we go up the River Calder and then it’s kind of River
Calder and canal just bypassing the weir’s and today hopefully we will get
to Horbury Bridge. We’ll see you there. [Music playing] [Music playing] [Music playing] [Music playing] [Dillon Panting] [Dillon Panting] [Dillon Panting] Are you getting back on the boat now? The Calder and Hebble is the only canal that
uses a different bit of equipment for the the locks
You’re used to windlass’s and opening padlocks with anti-vandal key’s, well
here on the Calder and Hebble we use this Strange-looking piece of wood, it’s
kind of yay big at this end and narrower at this end and it’s called the Calder Spike.
You can get them from CRT offices and they make these at the Stanley Ferry
workshops near Wakefield, so these work the gate paddles on the gates,
let me show you how. So as you can see this gate paddle mechanism is a little bit
different to what you’re used to. It’s got this kind of round thing with
the rectangular holes in it, weirdly enough exactly the same shape as our
Calder Spike. So all we do is put the Calder Spike in the hole like that, turn it
clockwise…. with a bit of brute force. slowly and surely it opens the gate paddle. [Music playing] Good morning. Morning, it’s a little bit
misty. It is, it’s like getting autumnal, where you get up in the morning and
everything’s wet like Shaun’s half of the bed. [Laughing] So we moored last night at
Horbury Bridge, which is kind of between Wakefield and Dewsbury. It’s a nice
enough mooring, when we got here there was only one other boat, that boat behind us. One, two three, four, five,
Six of us now this six of us now throughout the afternoon yesterday more
and more boats arrived, but this morning we’re heading out again we go into
Shepley today on our way to Huddersfield. Lovely morning again it’s gonna be a hot
one today, about thirty degrees again. We’ve got seven locks to do between here
and wherever we going…. Shepley. Or is it four locks…. I hope it’s four [laughs]
I hope I’m mistaken and it four locks, that’d be good. He could never count. So just gonna grab some breakfast and then we’re going to get off. [Music playing] It’s a lovely morning it’s gonna be
absolutely roasting, so we’ve set off a little bit earlier.
We got up with the intention of setting off half past seven, eight o’clock and
it’s now about what twelve? Twelve? Lets have a look. No, its quarter past eight. Quarter past eight, we’ve not done too bad. [Music playing] [Sound of Train Horn] [Music playing] We’ve just moored up, just before the junction for
the Dewsbury Arm and the Thornhill double locks.
There’s a boat coming down so Shaun’s just gone up to give them a hand and get the lock
ready for us and something happened this morning that I kind of want to talk about
and it’s like a mental health thing and it’s like, the canal systems all very
friendly and everybody talking to each other and saying good morning and having
a chat the locks it’s kind of a social thing isn’t it? But I find it really tough,
all the social thing starting conversations knowing what to say and I
find it really difficult to kind of process like what people are saying to
me during a conversation. So I can’t get that flow that most people get when they
have a conversation with a stranger, it’s not too bad if it’s somebody I know. But
then it kinda makes me feel, I don’t know, awkward embarrassed because
conversations kind of come to a halt and it puts me off starting a conversation
and I tend to shy away from it, so if ever you see me and you try and talk to me, and I don’t seem very engaging or I look
away or I even avoid the situation altogether and disappear into the boat,
which if you pass the boat is more than likely where I’m gonna be. Don’t be
offended it’s not you it really is me I’m just really bad at that kind of
thing and I tend to try and avoid it. and it’s probably not just me there’s
probably millions of you out there that are exactly the same so I think it’s
always important to remember when it comes to mental health especially, is to
try not to judge people on how they first appear, you don’t know what’s going on
inside there and they might seem like they’re being ignorant or just rude but
and sometimes they might be, but sometimes they might not sometimes they
might be really struggling in their minds. Just think about that Oooooh….. I’m knackered… Oooh! [Music playing] [Music playing] [Music playing] These locks on the Calder and Hebble are a
tight squeeze for most boats, We’re 57 feet long and we can just get in,
we’re kind of diagonally across the lock, so the front of the boat, the bow is on the
right hand side and the stern is tucked in to the left hand side of
the lock. So we’re 57 feet which is supposedly the length of the lock. I have
known some 60 foot boats get up here so they say. I don’t know whether they have
to take the buttons off, the fenders at each end, maybe that’s how they do it.
It’s all good, it’s all right in theory… sorry I’m just making sure we don’t get
caught it’s all good in theory until you get a really leaky lock and
there’s a few of them and the water comes pouring into the bow…. Shaun wants me. [Music playing] Ooooh It’s a bit warm all tell thi.
30 degrees today it’s been and what was the first thing I said when we left
Horbury Bridge this morning? I hope it’s for four I hope I’m mistaken and it’s four locks, that would be good with it. Not four.
It was seven locks and we’re so used to the key operated electric ones on the
Aire and Calder, it was a bit of a shock having to wind that handle again and push the gate. do the what? Push? Push?
I want to a press a button. what century are we in? [Laughs] But we’re here anyway, this is
Shepley Bridge. The River Calder is about two hundred yards behind us, you’re
kind of skipping from river to canal between Horbury and Shepley.
But here we are we’re back on the canal bit, there’s nice little marina and a cafe and
a train set just behind us. There’s some trip boats, a couple of
trip boats… you need to slow down love. Yeah, speedy fast. I had to get my tire
out that’s not a euphemism either. It was to stop us banging on the side. Mmmmm.
So we’re going to moor here tonight and then, well tomorrow for us next week for you.
We move on to Cooper bridge, now what’s special about Cooper Bridge? [Laughs] What’s this?
What’s special about Cooper Bridge? The canal split up. It splits off, so
you can either bear-like, it’s more or less like a 360 but it like a big left turn.
Like a U-bend. which takes you down towards the Huddersfield broad and
narrow or you can go kind of straight on bearing right and it takes you up the
Calder and Hebble towards the Rochdale Canal. So which way are we going? Well you don’t know because…. We’re not telling you. [Laughs] Well no, that’s not what we’re gonna say we say
they don’t know because….. We don’t know But it’s kind of spoilt it now,
of course we know where we’re going. But yeah that’s all for next week for you,
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Yeah. Again not a euphemism. So anyway that’s it from us, hope you have a
nice weekend if you watching this on a Friday. Have a nice Tuesday if you watch
me on Monday [Laughs] and we’ll see you next time take care bye bye.
See ya later Bye. [Musice playing] Arrrgg. Mind went. [Sniggering] We have got a bit of a treat Uhhhhhh!!
and he got it wrong. What would be better than this? Justin Bieber doing a concert on the roof that’d be better No! [Laughing] Rotate it this one’s knackered! You can put your Bell wherever you want it. [BURPS] We… are…. knackered. God its getting warm isn’t it? Ffffffff!!!
Boily hot If you really hate it and you don’t like us. We send his mother round. [Laughing] take 12 [Laughing] and what was the last thing I said when we left Horbury this morning?
Five locks… No I said four locks. Did you say four? But it weren’t either.
It was seven locks. and again Ooooohhh

76 thoughts on “67. Narrowboat Pump-Out Disaster! Narrowboat Journey on the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

  1. Lovely vlog, as always. And thank you for sharing your challenge with carrying the flow of a conversation, Colin. Your point about being aware of the possibility of people having problems of that kind is a really good one and something that we really do need to be aware of.

  2. Mental health !! Learn to stop your thinking process , easier said than done 😵 but works , good luck boy , namaste

  3. Great VLOG guys! Awesome videography and beautiful views! I will say though, don't cry about the heat. It was 38 here today! lol
    In any case, keep up the great work, it's a joy to watch!

  4. I liked this VLOG it was fun and interesting. Except the waste story, I would have been horrified! Kind of a crappy situation! The smell! It was neat to see the different way the paddles can be operated. Mark from Colorado.

  5. Another great vlog guys, good to see Dillon back to normal. Colin, with you on your thoughts, I have a similar problem due to hearing loss and find myself avoiding conversation simply because I find it embarrassing to ask people to repeat themselves over and over again. Keep up the great work and thank you.

  6. Yep…I'm watching it on Monday…:) Good to see Dillon is out and about looking very happy. Another very enjoyable vlog…thank you.

  7. When you are talking about the social part, I recognise myself in what you describe so much. It baffles me that some people find it so easy.

  8. Thanks for another enjoyable vlog. We've arrived from Oz, picked up the boat and are heading up the Macceslesfield to Marple and the Peak Forest and Bugswoth Basin. Could you do somthing about this awful British drizzle lol ……..

  9. Hi the boat is hired from Aqua Narrowboats, name is Aqua Life she was only put into the water 4 months ago, she’s lovely 😊

  10. I totally understand how you feel about conversations with strangers. I have mild autism and struggle with situations and strangers

  11. You two are such a HOOT! Never stop being you! Liked your vid as always and was so tranquil watching you work those hard locks.

  12. Hi Guys just started following your videos from the last two so have started right from the beginning. Great pro videos but getting a judder on panning not the old 30fps on phones v 25fps on your camera editing software is it? Anyway next time we visit Stanley Bridge we will remember to bring cake just in case we see you. We are going through the "do we continue to rent, buy a share or buy a boat dilemma " so seeing other people suffer is great. That's schadenfreude for you. Keep up the good work Graham and Tina.

  13. Hi Gents, just a thank you for another ace video. Nice to see you in my local area (Ponte). Your comments on conversing with strangers really resonates, my son has Aspergers and has similar problems. Please keep up the good work, sharing problems can only help people understand. 🙂

  14. In my early 20’s, after years of social anxiety, I started asking gregarious people how they talked to strangers. It took me years to become comfortable but I can do it.

  15. Another great video guys, thanks.

    Can I just ask what canal guide you use please, and if it covers the width of each stretch?

    Thanks again, Robin

  16. Love the videos. Do you have a favorite week long canal trip you could recommend?! Would love to experience it next time I’m visiting England.

  17. Hello from California
    I was thinking how lucky you are to be able to explore towns, cities and the rural lands in your native land with so much history "on a boat". I was curious about your fore and aft canvas enclosure that looks well made, on a sailboat it's called a dodger what is yours called? Pumping out is never fun. On our sailboat the waste tank is 35 gallons that has to be sucked out with waste pump then fresh water rinsed then pumped again then chemicals are added whew! Anyway enjoy your adventures afloat and your awesome narrowboat community.

  18. Hi,didn’t realise you was a train spotter,I work for East Midlands trains, or East Midlands railways,as they are know now.At a depot in Leeds called Neville Hill.
    Worked there about 20 years.HST’s Are the best trains going and will be for years to come,closely followed by the Deltic

  19. I'm on repeat, but yet another great video. I love the bits of history about the canals and locks. Very well done. As for the social anxiety, the world would be a much better place if people could remember to just be kind. We never know what battle(s) someone is fighting… and we are all fighting something.

  20. Loved this one guys, though I was a bit late watching it – been busy arranging to buy our boat – but I think our Michelle has already told you! Bit shorter than Silver Fox at 27 feet but also lighter, being a Nauticus 27 canal cruiser! Can't wait to start exploring and that's your fault – you give so much information as you cruise along it's inspiring us to see for ourselves – you even make the scruffy bits look good! And Colin – if we meet up I will probably be so took aback that I'll go all shy and not be able to say anything either! Best wishes Patricia x😎

  21. I so enjoy these vids. You two seem to have great attitude to life. I enjoy your candor about how you think and interact.
    I couldn’t find the answer to this question… maybe it’s a bit too nosy… but who are the Foxes? Is it just you two? Are you related?, Have you families? I promise I won’t ask all this if I see you!!
    Anyway all best. It’s a beautiful part of the world you are enjoying.

  22. Excellent comment Colin about being considerate of what other people may be going through or feeling. Kudos for yet another great vlog. Now all caught up from my vacation. Hugs to all especially Dillon. 🇨🇦❤️👍😎

  23. Hi guys. Just wondering how Dillon (Dylan?, sorry, don't know how you spell his name) did, after having his teeth done? He's gorgeous. I would introduce him to my Bramble, but she's 6000km away sadly.

  24. With the Shepley lock being so short, aren't you in danger of getting hung up on the cill? Buy a fan or 2 so you don't pass out from the heat in your boat.

  25. Thank you both for these wonderful blogs. Recently, we sold our beautiful 62ft Aqualine and miss cruising so much. Through your travels we can rekindle many happy memories and relive some of the scary bits. A real bonus is the extremely high standard of videography you achieve. Please keep up the great work.

  26. Great vlog again, as usual. Just spotted a rather strange boat at 0:40, just before you go under those two bridges and Woodnook lock. It looks like it might have been a small double-ended ferry boat or something. That logo on the funnel suggests it is from one of your Nationalised Transport groups. Any ideas on it?

  27. RE: Talking to people. I am now 60 going on 61. I think I am at about the same skill level as a pre-teen. Awkward doesn't begin to describe it. Autistic? Oh yes. Multiple year 'blocks' of depression? Since I was about 8 or 9.

  28. The 58ft wooden short boats had, as you know, a wooden hatch on the bow deck. Climbing the 5-rise I once over enthusiastically opened the gate clough full wack and a solid wall of water poured directly into the cabin. Nowadays, after the tragic paraplegic accident at Gargrave lock, all L&L gate paddles have been fitted with deflectors. ps. We didn't have safety ladders on the lock chamber side walls then, either. One clambered (in wooden clogs) up the back of the lock gates over steel staples.

  29. I know you guys recorded this a while ago but this was really cool to see! My best mate lives in Brighouse, so seeing you go through it was cool!

  30. I think i have the same social anxiety, i can not hold a conversation, and most of my answers to anybody is just yes or no, i just really can never think of anything to say.
    Although i have always gone to work, i find it just holds me back, and people just think i'm weird, and even though i have worked on the same job for 23years i still get anxious before i go to work every day, because i don't want to talk to people.

  31. Colin I find your honesty about your mental health so refreshing, I do suffer anxiety with my work at times but I can then start yapping to complete strangers & the anxiety disappears. Shaun seems like a very supportive partner & top bloke. You guys are natural in front of the camera & the vlogs are extremely professional & bloody entertaining & informative. Still playing catch up on the older vlogs. Safe travels boys.

  32. argh, stanley ferry is my local spot as i live 1 mile from there, currently trying to get the CRT to clean up the debris from the trash screen on the calder, did you see it?

  33. I subscribed after seeing you On Martin zeros video , I’ve got to say I’ve never really payed any attention to canal boats , but I find your channel really interesting ✅ cheers

  34. that was really awesome with the train horn lining up perfectly with the music you were playing – was that intentional?

  35. The other day i was watching a Q and A. There was a woman called Carley Heyer. I laughed so much i almost chocked on the piece of melon i was eating.. From now on no eating or drinking when i am watching one of your videos x

  36. Hello again from SW Florida, U.S. Love your vlogs. Good job! I find them much more informative than most all other vlog-gers I've binged-watched to date, other than for those by David Johns (Cruising the Cut); for example, who is running neck-n-neck with yours, in my opinion only, in terms of the narrow-boating specific content I'm looking for. With regards to composting, cassette, or pump out– why couldn't one have a pump out for those times when added/extended retention capacity is needed (i.e., whilst entertaining friends or relatives) or you wouldn't mind paying the 15-20 pounds, but also have a separate generic canister capability (on wheels but larger than one cassette) that one could syphon by hand-pump and subsequently haul to an elsan point at other times for free? It just seems to me that the cassette method is keyed to the toilet manufacturer's toilet and thus, limiting by the cassette's capacity. Am I missing something here?

  37. Dear Colin it’s not just you I know how you feel and I also react in the same way, I call it diving into my rabbit hole and slamming the door shut tight. But you are also doing so well in coping with your new lifestyle where there aren’t any fixed boundaries.

  38. Along all with all the great production skills you have, Iove the way the narration and talking to camera is now soooo relaxed. You two have come such a long way in a remarkably short time. Nice one boys.

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