Battlestone passing,  River Trent........! by Roy  Massicks

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The skipper gave us a cheery wave as the unloaded gravel barge Battlestone passed us aboard Narrowboat Skye as we travelled up river on the Tidal Trent in Lincolnshire, England. He had to keep to the starboard side as the port bend up ahead had the deep water on the outside of the curve.
My other half Heather and I passed many big barges on the river Trent. It was also cold and windy with heaps of rain.

FUJI – S5000, at 7.5mm, 1/ 800, f/ 5.3, iso 200, Manual.


narrowboat, skye barge, battlestone, river, trent, tidal, lincolnshire, england, uk


  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 2 years ago

    He doesn’t look as though he’s hanging about either judging by the backwash. I think you’d have been safer sticking to the canals mate!

  • Where’s the excitement then Peter ??? They couldn’t slow down as they had timetables to meet and manoeuvrability drops off with slower speeds. We met this barge again four days later coming down river, fully laden with only about a foot freeboard. We must have been passed by other barges about a dozen times in the five days we were on the River Trent.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 2 years ago

    Looks scary to me Roy, l,ll stick to small canals if l ever take a boat out xx

  • You are right Lynn – small canals are good fun but they have their own excitement. Heather’s fallen in the River Avon and I have pushed the bow of the boat out with my hands and forgotten to let go before now, leaving me clinging to the side of the boat ……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekabout 2 years ago

    Great shot Roy … as with your comment thread I think I’d feel safer sticking to the back canals too!

  • No Susie, a little bit of excitement is needed in your life ! It changed Heather, she’s now a quivering jelly… ! Seriously, it was good fun and I was sustained by a glass of scrumpy and a pork pie !

    – Roy Massicks

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