THE LATEST INFORMATION FOR OPERATION OF THE PAMELA MAY
BUOYANCY TESTS FOR PAMELA MAY SAFETY CERTIFICATE
Sixteen volunteers turned up at the Yard on Friday 28th March 2014 to disburse themselves at various positions on the Pamela May whilst measuring the water level inside the weed hatch. The test passed with a comfortable margin and the boat now has a full Safety Certificate.
Thanks to David and Denise Wensley we now have beautifully restored stern railings and gates.
To avoid deterioration, the crew is asked to replace the covers shown here when the boat is not in use.
FIRST TRIP OF THE PAMELA MAY TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE COMPLETE MID-
A quote from Peter Daniels e-
I thank you all for your enthusiastic support this weekend. It made a huge difference that Paul and Roger committed to managing the locks in advance on both days. I guess we were lucky that the canals were relatively quiet and the weather was brilliant, but we managed to keep fairly close to the plan overall, but the Tibberton section took a little longer. Then we caught up.
Tom skippered the first day down the river and David Aspinall took over from Worcester Marina to Droitwich.
Photographs supplied by Steve Wyers
On the 23rd and 24th of September, Andrew Phasey took twelve members of the crew through refresher training for the Certificate Of Boat Management.
We had an excellent and worth while time practising the following:
The use and types of life jackets / Cold water shock / Fires on board / Man Overboard / Buoyancy Aids / Line Rescue / Communicating with Emergency services / First Aid, CPR / Passenger Safety Address / Emergency Evacuation.
No one, I believe, took photographs, so the following gives some ideal of what it was like!
8th February 2013: A large number of the Pamela May crew assembled at St Andrew’s church to give a series of talks illustrating the various aspects of running the trip boat and to answer questions put by Martin Cook representing the CRT Award Team. DWT has passed the first stage in this competition, the written entry. This was ‘Inspection day’ the second part of the competition.
After the presentations. every-
WATERWAYS RENAISSANCE AWARD COMPETITION
KEDIAN ENGINEERING AT WORK OPENING UP THE FRONT OF THE PAMELA May -
Safety modifications to the front of the boat started on the 23rd February 2013.
See photographs below:
Emergency exit training has now taken place and proved successful.
USING FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Crew Members Skittle Night, at The Legion: 4th December 2014
The Lowest Scorer
The crew, waiting opposite Waitrose for the Passengers to arrive before going off to Ladywood
January 2016: DWT Yard Tidy by the Pamela May Crew
Tree stump removed
Overhangs removed; clearance for passerby's
Brambles inside Yard
Bramble removal outside to allow access.
March 16th 2016
Pamela May moored over to the other bank ready for jet wash cleaning.– A special Wednesday morning volunteer operation.
The new heater had been fitted and tested and now given a demonstration.
Tom Pedlow and his team has done a considerable amount of improvements to the boat.
It now looks and feels LIKE NEW!
Monday March 21st 2016:
The Pamela May had an outing to Dunhamstead and is shown here coming down the Two Stage Staircase locks 4 & 5.
The passenger’s definitely warmed to the new heating system.
The cabin has been repaired and painted and now provides a splendid headquarters for the trust.
The Up trip started on time with Ian taking us off from the moorings, Roy and Steve continued the helming us passed the marina 15 minutes ahead of time. Andy already doing a great job in the kitchen with getting the Tea’s and Coffee’s made. James did a bit of training for Peter, J and Mike. 3 new volunteers on the Up trip on the Hanbury locks. Once onto the Worcester and Birmingham we made good progress with Peter, J and Mike having a go at helming until we started on the first set of locks. The Astwood Flight, then passing the Old salt works with some buoys to pass which caused a bit of discussion about which way, as they seemed to cover the whole canal. (Checking the notices site afterwards, says that we should follow the signs, but going up, no signs to be seen, and yes it is a housing estate, Barratt Homes) After safely passing the buoys, continuing passed Stoke Wharf and onto Stoke Prior Locks arriving at Tardebigge bottom lock 14 minutes early. We continued up the flight, with Andy at the helm followed by Roy, Ronnie, Steve, Ian, and finally James bring us to the top arriving 3 hours later. Andy and Ian made the calls to the drivers and with one driver already at the top lock before the boat arrived and another following up very quickly. I have not seen the Pamela May so quickly closed down after a trip. The reminding crews then walked around to the Wharf to meet with the last driver and off they went home, an hour earlier than expected. Andy in time for his dinner at the pub. Unfortunately, the pub the skipper had planned to visit that evening has now closed. Luckily a volunteer lock keeper on the Tardebigge flight gave us the bad news, but suggested a pub further away. Thanks to Bob for dropping the Skipper off, the beer was very good.
The Down trip started 20 minutes late. David A on the helm, David H working the Tea and Coffee’s with Geof making up some rolls for all. David A left us after the first 5 locks handing over to Andy who continued to take us down the flight. We then hit traffic, two boats ahead of us, going down. Roger went on to help the 1st boat as they had limited crew and we continued to follow with Geof taking over from Andy. Bob went to change over with Roger so Roger could do some helming. For the final 10 locks of the flight, our two new volunteers on the trip David H and Bob took us down with Andy helping if required. We completed the flight in 3 hours 10 minutes which was good as we did have to manage the water flow and wait sometime for the 2nd boat ahead of us to clear the next lock.
We continued down the rest of the locks until we hit our first challenge of the day. The volunteers in the area had decided that the locks need some paint. The balance beam painted, also the rails around ladders and on the hand rails on the top of the locks. Just at a stage of drying that if you touched it, you got paint on you.
Our second challenge was a boat coming up, had the lock. So as they came in, they made it about half way and got stuck. As the boat had a deep draft we thought it was water depth , with a bit of water, he did manage to become unstuck going backwards. Coming back into the lock, he made it a little further and then we found out that the boat is wider at the back. This time it was the fenders down that had the boat about half way into the lock stuck and was it stuck. With engine going full reverse, the Pamela May crew pulling ropes and pushing with the barge pole… it finally moved. Fenders removed, the boat continued up into the lock and we then continued our journey.
Now those buoys caused more discussion as this time, we saw some signs, they direct you to go between them. Skipper decided that it worked passing them to starboard on the way up, so pass them all to port on the way down. We continue down and Jeff had bought some cake that was very welcome as we started onto the Droitwich Junction.
Now our 3rd challenge of the day came up as we approached the M5 tunnel, a boat was in to the tunnel, must be going the way we are as no light can be seen. Now we knew a boat was ahead of us, as the previous day we had met a boat coming down the Tardebigge flight who had been at the bottom the Tuesday night, enjoying a meal at the pub when they discovered that to turn around you have to go up the flight, so our 50 locks in a day was nothing, they went up and down in the same day, so 60 locks at least. We knew we where following them down into Droitwich as we had meet them at the staircase, so logic was no light, they must be the boat we are following. No, the head light then came on and they came out of the tunnel against us. Well that was a first, no light in the tunnel.
We then continued into Droitwich catching up the “60 Locks” boat helping each other work through Vines Park and we arrived back at 17:00. The schedule time.
So the Pamela May overall went through 100 locks, travelled 17 miles travelled and the skipper walked 26.3 miles working the locks. ( 1.3 miles back from the pub)
Thanks again to all the crew and the drivers for making the trip work so well.