Thursday, 17 March 2011
Not the best day for a photo (it was raining at the time) but I spotted this dredger at work when I was on my way home one evening. This is how they go about spring cleaning the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, to make it ready for another busy season of holidaymakers and the small amount of commercial traffic that the canal still supports. It gets silted up with mud and all sorts of other rubbish (I wonder if anyone missed the road sign you can just see in the skip.) I wonder what they did before they had these wonderful little crane gadgets? The canal isn't really very deep so they must have had to clear it out periodically, even in Victorian times. Men in waders, with shovels, do you think?