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The Manchester Ship Canal is one of the great achievements of the Victorian Age. As the Industrial Revolution advanced better transport links between inland Manchester and the seaport of Liverpool became essential. The Mersey and Irwell Navigation had 'improved the River system and removed many loops and meanders, but with the growth of the Lancashire Cotton Industry, engineering, chemicals etc, the bold men of Manchester and environs built The Manchester Ship Canal, actually from Salford (port of Manchester) to Runcorn and Ellesmere Port a length of 31 miles.
The Canal was officially opened in 21 May 1894 by Queen Victoria and could offer passage to ships up to 12,000 tons.

The Bridgewater Canal system is inextricably linked with both the Manchester Ship Canal and the earlier Irwell and Mersey navigation. We have created a separate Gallery for the Bridgewater Canal and for convenience copied a number of images to both Galleries where content clearly overlaps.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Transportation
Subcategory:Ships
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Keywords:boats, cheshire, engineering, english history, industrial revolution, lancashire, manchester ship canal, mersey, river irwell, rivers, salford, ships, trafford, victorians

HRS 2461 Manchester Ship Canal 1893 Pomona Dock

HRS 2461 Manchester Ship Canal 1893 Pomona Dock

HRS 3845 Manchester Ship Canal, Ship passing Barton swing aqueduct

HRS 3845 Manchester  Ship Canal, Ship passing Barton swing aqueduct

HRS 3814 Manchester Ship Canal, Barton Rd bridge from swing aqueduct 1980s

HRS 3814 Manchester Ship Canal, Barton Rd bridge from swing aqueduct 1980s

HRS 3817 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks

HRS 3817 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks

HRS 3818 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks sluice gates

HRS 3818 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks sluice gates

HRS 3819 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks sluices close up

HRS 3819 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks sluices close up

HRS 3820 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks looking east

HRS 3820 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks looking east

HRS 3821 Manchester Ship Canal, ship passes through swing aqueduct c1980

HRS 3821 Manchester Ship Canal, ship passes through swing aqueduct c1980

HRS 3822 Manchester Ship Canal, confluence with Mersey 1970s Image one

HRS 3822 Manchester Ship Canal, confluence with Mersey 1970s Image one

HRS 3823 Manchester Ship Canal, confluence with Mersey 1970s Image two

HRS 3823 Manchester Ship Canal,  confluence with Mersey 1970s Image two

HRS 3824 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona docks barges 1970s

HRS 3824 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona docks barges 1970s

HRS 3825 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona area barges 1970s

HRS 3825 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona area barges 1970s

HRS 3826 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona Docks ships c1980

HRS 3826 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona Docks ships c1980

HRS 3827 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona ship 1970s

HRS 3827 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona ship 1970s

HRS 3828 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona wharves 1970s

HRS 3828 Manchester Ship Canal, Pomona wharves 1970s

HRS 3829 Manchester Ship Canal, Abandoned part of Irwell meander N bank, Irlam 1970s

HRS 3829 Manchester Ship Canal, Abandoned part of Irwell meander N bank, Irlam 1970s

HRS 3830 Mersey and Irwell Navigation, Barton aqueduct over Irwell

HRS 3830 Mersey and Irwell Navigation,  Barton aqueduct over Irwell

HRS 3831 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks 1970s

HRS 3831 Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam Locks 1970s

HRS 3832 Manchester Ship Canal, Official opening 21st May 1894

HRS 3832 Manchester Ship Canal, Official opening 21st May 1894

HRS 3833 Mersey and Irwell Navigation, Calamanco lock

HRS 3833 Mersey and Irwell Navigation, Calamanco lock