Due to the high rise and fall of the tide on the Severn below Gloucester, silting has always been a problem in the river. The problem is not just confined to the river though, Gloucester Docks and the ship canal suffer the same fate.
To help maintain the water level in the canal, water is pumped from the Severn at Gloucester into the docks. Up until 1992 British Waterways dredged 140,000 tonnes of mud each year in the Gloucester area. Since then dredging has ceased! Meanwhile the silt gets deeper ……… Written in 1994 for this film
This film covers two days of dredging in Gloucester Docks. See the diesel electric powered dredger, THOMAS FLETCHER; follow the 1910 built tug STANEGARTH towing the mud hoppers down the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Finally watch as the mud is put back into the Severn, to find its way back to Gloucester to start the cycle all over again.