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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SJ8097 : Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Salford Quays, footbridge by David Dixon
SJ8097 : MediaCity Swingbridge Open by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Footbridge to MediaCityUK by David Dixon
SJ8196 : Gnome Island, Manchester Ship Canal by David Dixon
SJ8097 : MediaCity Footbridge by David Dixon
SJ8097 : ITV Studio Site, Trafford Wharf by David Dixon
SJ6487 : Manchester Ship Canal at Thelwall by David Dixon
SJ5885 : Wharf on Northern Bank of the Manchester Ship Canal by David Dixon
SJ3779 : Manchester Ship Canal, Wharf and Disused Pumping House near Eastham by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Footbridge over Manchester Ship Canal by N Chadwick
SJ8097 : Lowry Bridge, Salford Quays by David Dixon
SJ7293 : Manchester Ship Canal by David Dixon
SJ5283 : Old Quay Bridge (Open) by David Dixon
SJ7192 : Manchester Ship Canal, Partington Petroleum Basin by David Dixon
SJ7697 : Barton Road (Swing) Bridge by David Dixon
SJ8097 : North Bay and the Imperial War Museum North by David Dixon
SJ8398 : Ship Canal House by Bob Harvey
SJ3779 : Manchester Ship Canal, North Bank near Eastham by David Dixon
SJ4276 : Stanlow Oil Refinery by David Dixon
SJ8097 : The Manchester Ship Canal and the Coronation Street studios at Salford Quays by habiloid
SJ8097 : Manchester Ship Canal by N Chadwick
SJ3879 : Manchester Ship Canal, South Bank between Ellesmere Port and Eastham by David Dixon
SJ7597 : Construction of New Liftbridge at Barton by David Dixon
SJ8097 : Tour boat, Manchester Ship Canal by N Chadwick

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

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