Castle Barge pub, moored next to Trent Bridge in Newark, sets sail to Hull for replating
After delays because of rising river waters and bad weather, Newark’s floating pub is finally on its way for replating.
The Castle Barge pub, moored next to Trent Bridge in Newark, was due to sail to Hull’s dry dock 100 miles away for replating and repainting at the beginning of the month.
But the voyage, which would see the pub towed by tug boats up the River Trent, had to be postponed because the river levels were too high due to torrential rain.
The voyage was then postponed further when the mast was unable to be taken down due to high winds during the storm.
The barge finally set sail on Tuesday when the mast was taken down to allow the barge to navigate the locks and bridges safely.
The barge was moored at Cromwell Lock overnight yesterday, and set off again today.
The Barge is due to arrive in Hull on Saturday, depending on tidal patterns at Hull’s estuary, where the extent of the repairs needed will be assessed once the barge has been jet washed.
Owner of the Castle Barge, Frank Dyson, said that it could be the end of February before they return to Newark and begin trading again.
The barge was last replated 30 years ago, and has been in operation as Newark’s floating pub since 1980.
Photo by Alan Lowe.
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