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Final preparations for launch....
Final preparations for launch....
Lifting strops ready....
Lifting strops ready....
It's a big crane......
It's a big crane......
Keep your fingers crossed....
Keep your fingers crossed....
She still floats!
She still floats!
Time to get sailing while there's still enough water.
Time to get sailing while there's still enough water.
Why don't they slow down?
Why don't they slow down?
Enroute...
Enroute...
Ah that's so cute..seal party time!
Ah that's so cute..seal party time!
Safely moored up for the night, aren't we?
Safely moored up for the night, aren't we?
Next morning (1st April): What? Who changed the view?
Next morning (1st April): What? Who changed the view?
Why's Piel castle so far away?
Well and truly up the creek.
Well and truly up the creek.
..high and dry...
..high and dry...
...drifted nearly 3 miles on the night after mooring strop broke under stress caused by wake of large vessel
Good job it's going to be  a big tide....here it comes!
Good job it's going to be a big tide....here it comes!
A little help, just in case, of course....
A little help, just in case, of course....
All that grass has disappeared...we're afloat and on the way to deeper water.
All that grass has disappeared...we're afloat and on the way to deeper water.
Job done.  Many thanks to the Barrow Inshore Lifeboat Crew.
Job done. Many thanks to the Barrow Inshore Lifeboat Crew.
Time to wait for the next tide and a late night return to Wardleys.
Creek crawling to Fleetwood at low water springs as the sun sets.
Creek crawling to Fleetwood at low water springs as the sun sets.
All's well!