SJ8097 : MV Royal Iris of Merseyside Moored at Salford Quays

taken 5 years ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, Great Britain

MV Royal Iris of Merseyside Moored at Salford Quays
MV Royal Iris of Merseyside Moored at Salford Quays
MV Royal Iris of the Mersey moored at Salford Quay's Central Bay, next to SJ8097 : Salford Quays, Lowry Mall. SJ8097 : Lowry Bridge, Salford Quays and SJ8097 : Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf, Manchester can also be seen in the background.

The Royal Iris of the Mersey is a regular vessel used on both cross river ferry services and also Manchester ship canal cruises. The ferry can't be called "Royal Iris" as the previous vessel of that name, the MV Royal Iris famous for its association with the “Merseybeat Scene” in the 1960s (TQ4179 : MV Royal Iris on the Thames), is still listed on Lloyd's Register of Shipping in the same class.

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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
Thursday, 2 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 July, 2015
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Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 807 970 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.1951N 2:17.5237W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 808 970
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