The strange craft moored in front of us has just come off the Thames and is doing a charity cruise for the Macmillan cancer charity. Link
Looking towards our mooring
The gauging locks where boats were checked and tolls collected according to the type and weight of their cargo. This was done by measuring how high out of the water the boats were sitting.
The bridge ahead carried the Great Western Railway into Brentford dock.
Brentford dock that enabled interchange of cargo between water and rail.
Arriving at Thames lock for our 2.30pm booking out onto the River Thames.
Aerial view of Brentford dock when it was covered in railway lines and warehouses. It was built in the 1850`s and closed around 1963 and by 1980 it had been developed by the Greater London Council into flats and a marina.
The red lines mark the route off the Thames through Thames lock (almost centre of picture) and onto the River Brent that will eventually join the Grand Union canal.
Thames lock with the Thames behind me and Nb Valerie sitting moored awaiting the lock to open.
Having left the lock first it`s up to me to lead the way. The other boat hesitated but us liveaboards have no fear and I headed towards the 10 foot waves!!!!!!!!