SJ3681 : Eastham Lock, Manchester Ship Canal

taken 6 years ago, near to Eastham, Wirral, Great Britain

Eastham Lock, Manchester Ship Canal
Eastham Lock, Manchester Ship Canal
The gate at the western (Mersey Estuary) end of the lock.

The fifth and final set of locks, coming from Salford, Eastham Locks form the western end of the Manchester Ship Canal, and is the largest lock in the UK and it controls access between the canal and the tidal Mersey estuary. The Queen Elizabeth II Dock was constructed next to the locks in order to provide berthing facilities for large tankers that could not be accommodated on the canal due to their size. In general ships will leave the canal during the four hours before high tide, whilst those entering will do so in the four hours after high water Archive LinkExternal link (archived).
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)
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Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 369 810 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.3775N 2:56.8993W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 369 810
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