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Report - The Shipwreck Of MV Chica & Dutton Sluice Gates - Cheshire - Feb - 2014 -

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  1. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    history and first 2 pics stolen from lord kwans report (cheers mate)

    This wreck has some fascinating history and started life in 1894 as a cargo barge in Norway and was commandeered by the German Navy during the occupation of Norway in WW2 and after the war found herself running guns in the Mediterranean and finally smuggling cigarettes and tobacco across the straights of Gibralter only to find herself as part of the fishing fleet in Liverpool bay in 1950 and in 1981 she was bought by a businessman to run cruises up and down the river weaver but during a period of inactivity in 1993 she started taking on water and with nobody onboard to operate the bilge pumps she listed and her fate was sealed and she has not moved since and can still be seen sticking out of the water and now part of the scenery.

    this report started out life when someone in work mentioned the wreck to me,they had been past it on a boat and said it looked interesting,i went to check it out one day after work and sure enough there it was sat near dutton locks.

    i mentioned it to the kwan back in december,and like most things nowadays with me it gets kind of forgotten,but one day we decided to go and check it out with our blow-up vessels.

    a few people who id spoken to about this said "it's not really exploring that you know" my thoughts on this are the exact opposite,its again bringinig something new to the table (albiet a little late in posting) and quite worthy of a report even though all we done was enter the water in blow-up kayaks and dinghy's.

    explored with the kwan and tug-boat telf


    a pic by a guy called Andy coles showing MV chica shortly after she sank (1993)
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    and a flyer from its hey day
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    telf climbs aboad possibly the first person to do so since it sank (well done)
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    inside to the back is what remains of the kitchen (a plate can be seen still on the shelf of the cupboard to the right of the pic) mad to think also the curtains probably havent moved position since it sank either apart from when its windy
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    group shot
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    telf getting towed by the kwan after loosing one of his oars in the river
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    we decided to get out,pack up and head for dutton sluice gates (note the kwan making love to his craft)
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    dutton sluice gates (these are a stones throw awy from the shipwreck and were worth a look)
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    nothing really of interest up top tbh a load of electric motors to control the gates and a few fancy lights

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    standing on the edge i would not like to fall off the flow was really fierce beneath us.....................telf finding the lighting maintenance hatches were all unlocked
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    cheers for looking (even though its a little late posted)
     
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  2. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Top stuff mate, looked an excellent day that with some great shots :thumb
     
  3. The Lone Ranger

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    Very nice, exploring for me is just getting out and visiting places most people don't.

    Looks a classic Sunday sail and some great pics too :thumb
     
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    Good stuff, looked like a fun time :)
     
  5. krissigalores

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    Great report. Looks like a lot of fun. Don't think I'd be getting on a rotting boat at all! haha.
     
  6. Xan_Asmodi

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    Picture's wonky....

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    Nice one boys!
     
  7. The Kwan

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    Brilliant report Georgie, tent love, dinghy love...if it is vinyl or rubber based I am making love too it, dint think you was filming my fat arse:D
    I had a great time thanks G and Tug boat Telf looks like he was enjoying it too :)
     
  8. Telf

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    Great report Georgie :thumb really enjoyed that day :thumb
     
  9. georgie

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    Cheers for you comments folks
     
  10. Coxieboy

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    Something different, love the report, history and photos. Top job.
     
  11. ZerO81

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    Good stuff mate, looks like another fine outing for the three ol' sea dogs!
     
  12. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Lol. less of the old please zero :thumb
     
  13. georgie

    georgie He Never Even Got There
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    Cheers mate theres nothing like a load of seamen lol
     
  14. Nickindroy

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    You can't whack arsing around in boats, brilliant stuff chaps. :thumb
     
  15. Clarence Trumble-Lovegod

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    Wow - that boat is over a hundred years old with such a history, but left to rot in swampy river. Such a shame. Nice explore - thanks.
     
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