SJ7997 : Mode Wheel Locks

taken 9 years ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, Great Britain

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Mode Wheel Locks
Mode Wheel Locks
Looking from the viewing platform at the Imperial War Museum North (SJ8097 : Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf, Manchester), towards the Mode Wheel Locks.

The Mode Wheel Locks are the last locks on the Manchester Ship Canal before reaching the Salford/Manchester Docks (now Salford Quays). The two locks lift ships thirteen feet to the level of the Salford basin.

Before the Ship Canal was built, there used to be a corn mill at this spot. The mill was water powered and the wheel was called "Maud's Wheel" which over the years has been corrupted into Mode Wheel and used to name the area. (LinkExternal link )
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
Sunday, 6 November, 2011   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 8 November, 2011
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Canals 
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Salford Quays  Trafford Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 799 973 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.3713N 2:18.2480W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 802 970
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Canal  Ship Canal  Manchester Ship Canal  Former Docks  Manchester Docks  Salford Docks  Canal Locks 

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