SJ8196 : Manchester Ship Canal, Ivy Wharf and Pomona Docks

near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Ship Canal, Ivy Wharf and Pomona Docks
Manchester Ship Canal, Ivy Wharf and Pomona Docks
Ivy Wharf is part of the Irwell River Park LinkExternal link (pdf document). It is opposite the former Pomona Docks; in this photograph, the remains of Dock number 3 can be seen on the opposite side of the canal.
The Manchester Ship Canal
The Manchester Ship Canal, which took six years to build and was opened in 1894, is a 36-mile-long inland waterway linking Manchester to the Irish Sea at Liverpool. It generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet up to the Manchester Docks (now Salford Quays), where the canal's terminus was built.

When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain's third busiest port despite the city being about 40 miles inland. Since its opening, the canal handled a wide range of ships and cargos, from coastal vessels to intra-European shipping and inter-continental cargo liners; Manchester Liners established regular sailings by large ocean-going vessels.

The amount of freight carried by the canal peaked in 1958 at 18 million long tons but changes to shipping methods and the growth of containerisation during the 1970s and 1980s caused traffic to decline, resulting in the closure of the docks at Salford in 1984. Although able to accommodate a range of vessels from coastal ships to inter-continental cargo liners, the canal is no longer large enough for most modern vessels.
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2012
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Monday, 1 October, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 2 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Docks, Harbours  Canals 
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Irwell 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8171 9674 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.0247N 2:16.6187W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8168 9672
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Irwell River Park  Manchester Ship Canal  River  Manchester Docks  Pomona Docks  Port of Manchester  Dock  Wharf 

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