SK1715 : Boom across the River Trent near Alrewas, Staffordshire

taken 8 years ago, near to Alrewas, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Boom across the River Trent near Alrewas, Staffordshire
Boom across the River Trent near Alrewas, Staffordshire
For about three hundred metres here the Trent and Mersey Canal follows the course of the river.
This shows part of the floating barrier, more than a hundred metres long (28 floating "barrels"), which prevents canal narrowboats (and others) from being dragged down by the river current, onto the weir which maintains the water level for the canal users. The canal and the weir were built in the late 1760s. The canal was opened here by 1770 and completed by 1777, engineered by James Brindley until his death in 1772.
I know not for how long the barrier has been in place.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Waterways > Boom   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 173 156 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.2761N 1:44.6415W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 173 156
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