At the risk of looking as though we were pushing in, we moved into a spot where we knew we could access the aqueduct and steps down to the level of the Ship Canal and see the action for ourselves.
Down the bottom we met up with the crew of nb Mary H, who I met in blogland a few weeks ago, you can read their blog here - And Mille makes three.
We were surprised that there were only two other boat crews interested in getting a closer look, there were at least 5 other boats waiting at the top. After all, this is one of the 7 wonders of the waterways!
She is just disappearing from view in my picture, the road bridge was swung back in place first, those of us on the canal have more time.
Joined back up and looking down onto the MSC.
Not ready yet.....
The sad thing was a team of Manchester Ship Canal workmen were busy repairing the sheds and the mechanisms that move the gates to close off the canal, as last week vandals had forced their way inside and cut out all the copper piping leaving it out of action. Apparently the Ferry trip along the Ship Canal had to turn around as they couldn't open the aqueduct for them.
Here is the photo I took last year, the pipes and brass above the round blue pump thingy has all gone and the pipe work cut away too.
They'd done well to have it back in action this week.
9.5 miles, 0 locks, 1 swing aqueduct