The Manchester Ship Canal :: Shared Description

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.
by David Dixon
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SJ5985 : Maintaining the Canal Bank by David Dixon
SJ4982 : Manchester Ship Canal, Wharf near Weston Point by David Dixon
SJ3879 : Manchester Ship Canal towards Eastham by David Dixon
SJ5383 : Mersey Gateway Bridge Piers by David Dixon
SJ5684 : Disused Jetties, Manchester Ship Canal near to Moore by David Dixon
SJ4477 : Manchester Ship Canal, Ince High Cutting by David Dixon
SJ6487 : Manchester Ship Canal, Thelwall by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Lowry Bridge by David Dixon
SJ4981 : Disused Church next to the Manchester Ship Canal at Weston Point by David Dixon
SJ7997 : Mode Wheel Locks by David Dixon
SJ8196 : Trafford Road Bridge, Manchester Ship Canal by David Dixon
SJ8398 : Ship Canal House by Bob Harvey
SJ6487 : Manchester Ship Canal, Thelwall Ferry by David Dixon
SJ7496 : Rabies Prevention by David Dixon
SJ4777 : Manchester Ship Canal, Ince Marshes by David Dixon
SJ6587 : Manchester Ship Canal near Thelwall by David Dixon
SJ3779 : Disused pumping House, Manchester Ship Canal near Eastham by David Dixon
SJ5986 : Solvay Interox Baronet Works, Warrington by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays by David Dixon
SJ5584 : Overhead Power Lines Crossing the Manchester Ship Canal by David Dixon
SJ4981 : Manchester Ship Canal near to Weston by David Dixon
SJ8097 : ITV Studios "Coronation Street", Trafford Wharf by David Dixon
SJ8097 : MediaCityUK Footbridge by David Dixon
SJ8196 : Manchester Ship Canal, Ivy Wharf by David Dixon
SJ7496 : Wharf and Sludge Hoppers at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works by David Dixon

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Created: Mon, 16 May 2016, Updated: Sun, 3 Jul 2016

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