SJ6387 : Manchester Ship Canal, Latchford Locks

taken 6 years ago, near to Grappenhall, Warrington, Great Britain

Manchester Ship Canal, Latchford Locks
Manchester Ship Canal, Latchford Locks
In common with all the others on the canal, there are two lock chambers side by side at Latchford. The shorter one is for smaller vessels such as tugs and coasters, enabling them to pass through using less water that would be needed if they had to use the main lock.

The lift at Latchford is now 12 feet 6 inches, although it was originally sixteen feet six inches until 1909 when the canal was deepened to its present 28 foot clearance and the lift dropped to 14 foot 6. The lift was to be further reduced to its present level in 1956 when the water level was raised a further two feet between Eastham and Latchford.

The hydraulic machinery here also provides power for the swing bridges in the Warrington area.

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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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Wednesday, 11 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 May, 2016
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Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 638 873 [100m precision]
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