Our boat 'Albert' was on a return trip from Braunston on the Grand Union to her home mooring at the Black Buoy Cruising Club near Knowle on the Grand Union). Having descended the 23 wide locks to Radford bottom lock, the plan was to cross Leamington Spa and Warwick and tackle the 23 uphill locks at the 'Cape' and Hatton and moor about half a mile above the top lock.
However, on approaching Delta Marine at Warwick, our progress was blocked by a raft of narrowboats that left a gap of less than five feet to pass. Delta Marine were in the process of side launching a widebeam but were having difficulty. The method of launching, appeared to involve two trolleys, two beams overhanging the canal and a powerful fork lift truck.
Unfortunately, it appeared that the trolley to the rear of the craft was stuck and lifting and pushing using the fork lift in various positions along the hull for an hour would not budge it. Instead of the boat slipping sideways into the water the front end only launched leaving the stern still on the bank.