Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ypres To St. Jacobskapelle

2 locks, 1 lift bridge,  12 miles 5¼ hours

We all had good intentions of getting of to an early start.  The canal people had other ideas.  The lock Sluis Boezinge Sas was closed for maintenance until 1pm.  MR needed water after Jill did a marathon wash session so they left first for the lock Sluis Boezinge Dorp to take on water.  We arrived about ½ later and after they filled with water we set off down the 2 locks and were the first boats through the repaired lock.

Once through the next landmark is this area.

Steenstrate (Stone Street) was the location that the first ever act chemical warfare was waged by the Germans on the Allied forces with Chlorine gas.
A bit further along the way we encountered a group of youngsters in canoes and electric powered boats.

This house has its own private cable ferry
Once at the head of the Leper-Ijzer canal we turned right and waited for our lockie to arrive ion his little yellow van to open the bridge.
Once through MR took the lead to find a suitable wild mooring for the night. They have much more experience than us having lived and continuously cruised on their boat for 6 years.
This is where we are this evening.
This delightful cottage is our neighbour for the night.