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Offline jamespetts

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Speed of unpowered barges and narrowboats
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:59:43 PM »
I notice that the maximum speed of unpowered wooden barges and narrowboats seems to be 7km/h, whereas the maximum speed of the steel and composite hull types are 11km/h, which matches the speed of steam tugs (etc.). Is there a reason for this lower speed for wooden barges and narrowboats? I don't think that the hull type made a difference to how fast that they could go, did it? The fly boats were wooden, after all.
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Offline The Hood

Re: Speed of unpowered barges and narrowboats
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2013, 07:47:55 AM »
I tnought I got that from the data you gave me. Possibly I misread?

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Re: Speed of unpowered barges and narrowboats
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2013, 09:49:15 AM »
Hmm - I don't think that I distinguished between the speed of the wooden and composite/steel types, did I? Incidentally, where did you get the 11km/h from? It might be that that is where the error is. I do recall reading that intermediate speeds between the plodding speed of the single horse narrow boats and the positively zephyr-like fly-boats caused a bough wave which damaged the banks.
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Offline The Hood

Re: Speed of unpowered barges and narrowboats
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013, 08:59:55 PM »
Reading again it looks like I misread a few bits. Will fix.