I was off at 08:30 sharp as soon as the staff came on duty. They phone ahead to the first bridge, not far distance, so that they can have it open as you arrive. The whole operation is well organised, each bridge is operated by staff and they call ahead so that the person at the next bridge will be ready and have the bridge open so you pass straight through, probably to the annoyance of drivers and others wanting to cross. "Floating" staff on bicycles assisted by the freelance "Pilots" also coordinate movements to optimise traffic flow and water used by the locks.
Being early and lucky I did not have to wait for other boats coming in my direction until lock one and only had minimal waits for boats coming the other way.
|Immediately above Lock 14 the canal is narrow and there is a blind|
bend so it is a good job that the staff at lock 14 and the bridge talk to
each other, what was done in the 19th century with Clyde Puffers
going in both directions I have no idea.
|The River Add estuary that runs alongside the canal for the first|
|Looking back at the Bellanoch Bridge the 2nd and last one |
before the first flight of locks
|Waiting a few minutes in lock 13 for a boat coming the other way|
that must have come part of the way the day before or earlier,
not a big deal as you can the then go straight into the lock
making up time.
|Past Oakfield (Miller's) Bridge, almost there.|
|A few minutes later and Loch Fyne comes into view.|
|Leaving Ardrishaig into Loch Gilp and then Loch Fyne.|
Slide show of all my pictures going through the Crinan Canal, page through by clicking the arrows or click in the centre of the pic to view from Flickr in a new window or full screen: