Although I was booked to go through the Crinan Canal on Monday I was able to enter on Sunday (the passage fee includes 4 nights berthing if spaces are available), this was good news as I would be able to get a shower and start the transit at 08:30 on Monday giving me more time to move south after passing through and hopefully to get ahead of any rush - although the canal is quite at the moment.
The trip up from Eilean Dubh was uneventful in very light winds, I was in no hurry and had the tide under me so I sailed until I was close to the entrance so the 6.3 miles took 3 hours.
|Passing Crinan Habour, the sea lock is just past the white |
building on the left.
|Approaching Crinan Sea Lock|
|These gates are now electrically operated but the manual levers|
remain, I assume "just in case" and to act as counter balances.
Most are manually operated.
|There is quite a rise through the lock, there would be more than|
this at low water springs.
The basin is used as a holding area and for overnight mooring.
|The boat on the left was in Peterhead when I was there but left|
on the second day before the wind got really strong as they
were going through the Caledonian canal, much closer than
my next leg to Orkney.
Click here for the trip through the canal and more pictures.
|The Clyde Puffer VIC32 (right) in the basin. She is one of very|
few Puffers still with a steam engine in working condition.
|The first lock after the sea lock, like the last few it is operated|
by the staff, the majority you have to work yourself manually.
|I moved straight out of the basin and moored just above lock 14|
ready to go in the morning.
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