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James Jackson Grundy at Acton Bridge 25th June 2012 | by John Eyres
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James Jackson Grundy at Acton Bridge 25th June 2012

The 1947 'Brunner' James Jackson Grundy is semi preserved and has been in commercial use for the last couple of years on the grain traffic to Frodsham on the Weaver. At present there is no commercial traffic on the navigation to Northwich but the JJG made a special trip for the weekends river festival. Much larger coasters have used the Weaver navigation in the past but even the JJG encountered problems only loaded with 134 tons of wheat as the river hasn't been properly dredged for many years. This is the reason why the river only sees pleasure craft these days and sights like this may be hard to come by in the future. After trying to get off the quay at Northwich for nearly three hours the JJG had to tie up by the A49 at Acton Bridge for the night as British waterways close the locks and swing bridges around 17.00.

The JJG would continue the next morning to Dutton lock and through Sutton Weaver swing bridge to Marsh lock where she would enter the river Weaver old course back towards Frodsham viaduct.

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Taken on June 25, 2012