SJ8097 : Salford Quays, Manchester from the air

taken 1 year ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, Great Britain

Salford Quays, Manchester from the air
Salford Quays, Manchester from the air
Salford Quays on the Manchester Ship Canal is home to Media City, the Lowry Museum and the Imperial War Museum North, all of which can be seen at the bottom of the photo, as can the Lowry Bridge and the Millennium Bridge.

Heading away from the camera, Wesaste Cemetery can be seen on the right bank of the canal, opposite Manchester Fuel Terminal at Trafford Wharf (which is just beyond the Coronation Street set).

Mode Wheel Locks raise ships thirteen feet to the level of the Salford Basin. Salford Wastewater Treatment Works can be seen on the right bank, just beyond the locks. Centenary Bridge can be seen carrying the A576 over the canal as it bends to the left.

The M602 motorway can be seen cutting across the top right corner, the Bridgewater Canal can be seen in the lower left corner, where Old Trafford football stadium is just out of sight.
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
Monday, 17 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 17 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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WGS84: 53:28.1784N 2:17.7315W
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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