The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal :: Shared Description
The Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal was built in order that vessels could bypass a particular hazardous and meandering stretch of the tidal River Severn
. The canal was started in 1794, then continued in 1817 following consultation with Thomas Telford. Further delays meant the canal was not fully navigable until 1827.
Maximum dimensions for vessels: Length 240 feet, beam 30 feet, draught 10 feet, and headroom 105 feet. On this canal there is a speed limit of 6 mph. The canal is 16½ miles long, with a lock to the River Severn
at each end.
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Created: Sun, 3 Jun 2012, Updated: Sun, 3 Jun 2012
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