SJ7393 : Irlam Locks from the air

taken 8 months ago, near to Irlam, Salford, Great Britain

Irlam Locks from the air
Irlam Locks from the air
A pair of locks (one large, one small) on the Manchester Ship Canal. Irlam Waste Water Treatment Plant can be seen in the foreground.
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 cargoes, 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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Date Taken
Monday, 17 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 23 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Air transport  Waste, Waste management  Canals 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 731 938 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.4601N 2:24.3585W
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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