SJ4980 : Manchester Ship Canal, Weaver Sluices

taken 8 years ago, near to Weston, Halton, England

Manchester Ship Canal, Weaver Sluices
Manchester Ship Canal, Weaver Sluices
The Weaver sluices are situated opposite the confluence of the River Weaver and the Manchester Ship Canal. They are used to control the level of the Ship Canal and the water drained through the sluices is discharged into the River Mersey estuary.
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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Geographical Context: Rivers, Streams, Drainage Canals Estuary, Marine Camera: Panasonic DMC-G7 other tags: Manchester Ship Canal River Mersey River Weaver Sluices Sluice Gates Mersey Estuary Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · River Mersey [6] · River Weaver [5] · Weaver Sluices are Situated Opposite the Confluence [3] ·
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SJ4980, 31 images   (more nearby 🔍)
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 May, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 498 803 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.0455N 2:45.2283W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 498 804
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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