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An ongoing series of a Skippers view on navigating a 38m Dutch Barge through the bridges on the River Wye from Chepstow to Hereford

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Bigsweir Bridge

At 4pm we were about 100 metres below Redbrook Bridge adjacent to the left bank looking up stream, we could not go any further, the amount of flood water was too much, I had phoned the NRA’s river floodline and there was a large wave of water on its way which would be clear by the morning. Although we didn't know at the time, this was to be the last rain we had for 7 months and the start of the 1989 summer drought. I spoke to the crew and at 6pm we secured Wye Invader to several large trees, put the gangplank ashore and walked the 100 metres to the Boat Inn for what turned out to be a rather long night!