SJ8097 : Passing Under the Lowry Bridge

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

Passing Under the Lowry Bridge
Passing Under the Lowry Bridge
A view from the airblade at SJ8097 : Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf, Manchester. A cruise boat from Castlefield is passing under SJ8097 : Salford Quays, Lowry Bridge. The Lowry Bridge, also known Millennium Bridge (it was built in 2000), provides pedestrian access between The Lowry Centre on the north bank of the Manchester Ship Canal and Trafford Wharf on the south bank. It was designed as a lift bridge because the Manchester Ship Canal is still navigable to shipping beyond the bridge (LinkExternal link - Manchester History Net).

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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
Sunday, 4 October, 2015   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 8 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 804 970 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.1784N 2:17.7405W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 802 970
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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