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Manchester Ship Canal, entrance locks
Eastham, River Mersey, Cheshire
associated engineer
Sir Edward Leader Williams
date  1888 - 1894
era  Victorian  |  category  Canal/Navigation works  |  reference  SJ369811
ICE reference number  HEW 88
The 36 mile long Manchester Ship Canal was one of the most important late Victorian civil engineering works. It begins here at Eastham on the Mersey estuary and runs roughly northeast to Salford Quays close to central Manchester.
The entrance locks are the first of five sets of locks on the canal. They give a total rise of 56ft 6in. For the most part the channel is 120ft wide and 28ft deep for the whole 36 miles. From Eastham, the canal follows the left bank of the Mersey up to just past Warrington. The M6 crosses it here too.
Contractor: Thomas A. Walker (died 1889), then by direct labour under W.H. Topham, then Sir John Jackson and C.J. Wills
reference sources   CEH North
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Manchester Ship Canal, entrance locks