No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A Trip To Oldham.

Thursday 15th September 2011.

This is our new Crowther Propeller.

Today we drove up to Oldham to collect our new Propeller from Crowther Marine, hopefully it will cure our noise.

Crowthers are situated in an huge old Textile mill, "Belgrave Mill No 1" to be precise, which is now used by a number of smaller businesses, they are quite difficult to find but as with most specialists companies they don't need to be on a main road.

The other Mill close by is "Maple Mill", looking at these old buildings it is easy to imagine what a hectic smoky place it was at the height of the textile industry.  

Crowther Marine, hidden away.

The whole process of propeller manufacture used to take place in the factory, but Health and Safety regs brought an end to the pouring of the molten metal, that is now done elsewhere, the rough casts are then machined and balanced here.

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