SJ8196 : Gnome Island, Manchester Ship Canal

taken 4 years ago, near to Trafford Park, Trafford, England

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Gnome Island, Manchester Ship Canal
Gnome Island, Manchester Ship Canal
Gnome Island is one of the derelict man-made concrete “islands” left behind from the old Manchester/Salford Docks. It has been home to a large group of jolly gnomes who have taken it over since the first gnome, Gnorman, arrived in 2017. It is located on the Salford side of the Ship Canal but all the gnomes are facing Trafford.

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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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Geographical Context: Suburb, Urban fringe Islands Canals Camera: Panasonic DC-G9 other tags: Manchester Ship Canal Salford Quays Gnomes Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Old Trafford [66] · Pomona Docks [56] · Gnome Island [3] Other Photos: · Gnomes of Gnome Island ·
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SJ8196, 361 images   (more nearby 🔍)
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 1 July, 2020   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 July, 2020
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 810 967 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.0070N 2:17.2422W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 810 966
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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