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06 11 2006 John Victor Cooper

High tide at Putney, again.

Putney Embankment view map

If you park your car on the public slipway to avoid paying parking fee's, you really should take notice of the dozens of signs warning about high tides.

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Jason Anderson04-Jul-2008 19:16
No, if he bought a boat he'd probably do this:
Zak18-Jan-2008 19:59
maybe they should buy a boat now the car's gone...
exzim12-Nov-2006 14:45
And I don't think the insurance company will be coughing up any funds for replacement either.
John Cooper09-Nov-2006 07:45
Dave, the very sad thing about this car. It is a Saab, 14 years old and in immaculate condition. The owner had obviously spent a lot of time and effort looking after it.
Then they left it on a public slipway on one of the highest tides of the year.
Just to save a few pounds parking money.
Dave Beedon09-Nov-2006 04:50
"Corrosion while you wait."
John Cooper07-Nov-2006 10:12
Larry, all of the 10 billion signs in London serve a purpose, they make some people very rich.
John Cooper07-Nov-2006 08:07
When these cars are out of the water they are vitually useless/scrap.
None of the instruments will work, the wiring corrodes away at every joint, water gets in the engine, sometimes the fuel tank, the axle.
This water is muddy, it is almost impossible to clean out the inside.
A friend of mine accidentally drove into the sea, totally submerged his car, you could see it rotting away as you watched.
John Cooper07-Nov-2006 07:59
A bit of flooding on some roads from Putney up to Richmond is normal and acceptable.
The Thames Flood Barrier is only raised when there is a risk of large areas of London being flooded, especially the underground train system.
John Cooper07-Nov-2006 07:54
Derek, this happens often, while taking these photos a man spoke to me, complaining that he had only come here to watch a car float away, and none did.
Dave Beedon07-Nov-2006 07:43
Maybe the owner was hoping for a free car wash.
exzim07-Nov-2006 03:31
John, I thought there was some miracle type of gate system in the Thames estuary that prevented high tides in London. ??
1moremile06-Nov-2006 23:42
Are you saying that some signs serve a purpose? Nice, humorous shot. Voted.
Derek Slater06-Nov-2006 21:51
A nice set of four pictures John, tell me were you grinning as much when you were taking the pictures as I am looking at them ? You can't help but smile can you .
Jim Ross06-Nov-2006 21:39
Hehe... Good one...:-)
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