Long lining

Colin Wilkes steering Nuneaton up Wolverhampton 21 locks with the butty, Brighton, on a long line behind. Long lining is the technique used when ascending a flight of locks with loaded boats, and enables both boats to ascend their respective locks simultaneously. It does away with the need to bow-haul the butty boat up the locks, and is therefore less physically demanding. This means that the crew can walk to the Great Western at the top with ease. 

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