Up the creek and making smoke, the Monmouthshire boat leads the way. When going up a jungle creek it was a good idea to make sure that it was lowish water. Going up at high water might mean that the boat could not get down again when the tide went out. The converse is true when going up river under bridges. I recall one boat going for a run up the Shimizu river in Japan on a rising tide and being stuck beyond the bridges for several hours until the tide went out again. Very red faces on the crew, but at least it gave the local residents a laugh (not to mention the Mate when they finally got back to the ship, having missed dinner.)

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