A COLLISION with one of the gates at Lock 24 on the Kennet & Avon Canal led to a recent stoppage, writes Kevin Thomas.
The lock, west of the Caen Hill Flight and a short distance from Rowde Bridge, was badly damaged on the upper (ground paddle) side.
It is understood that a narrowboat without a bow fender had collided with the gate which had been partially lifted free of its hinges and pushed aside.
It happened during a busy weekend and a number of boats on both sides of the Caen Hill Flight had to put their cruise plans on hold.
A floating crane had to be brought in during the following week so that repairs could take place.