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taken 4 years ago, near to Ashton Upon Mersey, Trafford, Great Britain

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Sacks of fuel that have been delivered to the side of the canal are being loaded aboard Ariel belonging to Longford Canal Services who operate along the Bridgewater Canal delivering coal, smokeless fuels, diesel and various other commodities to boats and canalside properties. They have been doing this since 2010.LinkExternal link
The Bridgewater Canal

Often considered to be the first "true" canal, the Bridgewater Canal was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley. The section from Worsley to Manchester opened on 17th July 1761; it was later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh. Coal was needed in large quantities to fuel the industrial revolution and the canal enabled coal and other goods to be transported efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities. Its success helped inspire a period of intense canal building although it later faced intense competition from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Macclesfield Canal.

The canal is connected to the Rochdale Canal (Link ) in Manchester, the Trent and Mersey Canal at Preston Brook, south-east of Runcorn, and to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Leigh. It once connected with the River Mersey at Runcorn but has since been cut off by a slip road to the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

Navigable throughout its history, it is one of the few canals in Britain not to have been nationalised, and remains privately owned. Commercial traffic continued on the canal until 1974. By this time, canals were becoming more important as a leisure facility and pleasure craft now use the canal which forms part of the Cheshire Ring circular canal route.

For many years, the canal around Worsley was noted for the distinctive bright orange colouring of the water. This was a result of iron oxide from the mines tainting the water as the canal passes through Worsley. A 2.5 million remedial scheme was undertaken in 2013 to remove this colouration.

The Bridgewater Canal is owned and operated by the Manchester Ship Canal Company in conjunction with the Bridgewater Canal Trust.

LinkExternal link Bridgewater Canal Company
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Date Taken
Monday, 13 February, 2017   (more nearby)
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Monday, 20 February, 2017
Geographical Context
Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Bridgewater Canal 
Date (from Tags)
2010 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7861 9155 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.2187N 2:19.3992W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 7863 9159
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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