This is the last stretch of the Louth Navigation as it enters Louth and the final destination at the town's Riverhead.
The first few photo's are of two Humber Keelboats, typical of the vessels that once navigated along the canal, the Amy Howson & Comrade. My son and I had a trip along the Humber Estuary quite a few years ago on Amy Howson, when I took these pictures. Both these vessels may well have made the trip inland to Louth when the canal was operating.
|"Comrade" approaching the Humber Bridge heading east along the Humber Estuary.|
Apart from the Humber Bridge nothing much will have changed in this scene.
|"Comrade" seen from the "Amy Howson"|
|The canal is now in the town of Louth heading along this quiet stretch. |
It's very overgrown and silted up but I still find it difficult to imagine how the keelboats
were able to navigate the canal under sail only.
|Further along, Top Lock can be seen in the distance.|
|The canal starts to enter what was once the heavily industrialised area around the Riverhead.|
A lot of the businesses have long since gone but many of the buildings remain. On the left
This building has been renovated and made into apartments.
|A wild Mallow plant, maybe not so wild as folk sometimes throw garden waste away here.|
|On the opposite side to the apartments is a new development of flats, built in the same style.|
And a lady with her dog in the distance.
|A lovely Ruby Cavalier King Charles came bounding up to me.|
(Had to get a doggy pic in somewhere!)
|One of the building from the 1700's has been converted to a public house and brewery.|
|Called "The Gaslamp" the lounge is lit by gas lamps only.|
|Almost at journeys end now this was a wharf side warehouse back in the day.|
|Now it's a mix of smart apartments and retail space.|
|Looking from across the canal toward the smart apartment blocks I spotted an angler on the left.|
|This is "Ted". Someone put him there several years ago and I photographed him on many|
|This was the last time we saw him, he's long gone now.|
|Navigation House on the right with the Woolpack pub beyond.|
|The Woolpack dates back to the 1700's and would have been popular with the boatmen|
at the end of their journey.