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A Voyage Along the Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2011

In April 2011 I took a voyage along the Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal on board the MV EDWARD ELGAR. Operated by English Holiday Cruises the MV EDWARD ELGAR is the largest cruise vessel operating on a British inland waterway. 

After an overnight stay on board at Gloucester Docks the EDWARD ELGAR set sail for Sharpness on Saturday April 23, shortly after breakfast calling at Slimbridge for a visit to the Wild Fowl Trust site which is close to the canal en-route.

After reaching the end of the canal at Sharpness Docks, located beside the River Severn, the EDWARD ELGAR turned and sailed back to Purton, location of the famous Purton Hulks.

On Sunday April 24, after breakfast the EDWARD ELGAR set sail for the village of Frampton-on-Severn  which boats the largest village green in England. After a call there the vessel set sail back to Gloucester Docks arriving back at around 13:00.

Although a few photographs of this cruise have appeared on the Irish Sea Shipping web site - I have now uploaded the complete collection of images in excess of 170 images taken over this sunny spring weekend in my Smug Gallery - something to brighten up these dismal winter days!

CLICK HERE to access the images.

For detailed information on Gloucester Docks and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal visit Hugh Conway-Jones excellent web site:

Information about EDWARD ELGAR sailings on the canal and River Severn

Details of sailings by the MV EDWARD ELGAR along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal and the River Severn visit:

John Luxton

January 01, 2012


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