Another boat sinks in lock—and is removed

Published: Monday, 02 August 2021

ANOTHER boat has caught on the cill of a lock and sunk.

Following on the sinking of the boat in an Erewash Canal lock, that took four days to remove, the latest boat to be caught on a cill and sinking is in Cassio Bridge Lock (78) on the Grand Union at Rickmansworth, Keith Gudgin reports.

sunkwestonsAll navigation stopped

This means that all navigation is stopped until the boat can be removed from the lock.

It is during the main hire season that boats become lodged on the cill and those in charge do not realise what is happening or how to negate a sinking, so a holiday is spoilt with the crew usually so traumatised that they call off their waterway holiday completely, never of course to return.

The trust do nothing

Yet other that a notice about the cill—that time after time we have been asked to explain—the trust do nothing to alleviate these continuous sinkings.

Even a notice stating to keep the boat forward when descending would help, and show no danger, that the trust is obviously so worried about.

Holidays ending in disaster

It really is time that the trust stopped so many holidays ending in disaster.


Unlike the Erewash sinking this was removed the following day.