Manchester Ship Canal

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Manchester Ship Canal,

35.5 mi (57 km) long with a minimum depth of 28 ft (8.5 m), connecting Manchester, W England, with the Mersey estuary at Eastham, above Birkenhead. Begun in 1887, it was opened in 1894 and changed Manchester from a river port to a seaport. Although no longer able to accommodate the largest oceangoing vessels, it also is now used to transport containerized shipping by barge.

Manchester Ship Canal

 

a navigable canal in Great Britain, linking the city of Manchester with the Irish Sea via the Mersey River estuary. Length, 57 km; minimum depth of 8.5 m; there are locks. The canal crosses the south Lancaster industrial region. It was built in 1887-94 south of the old and shallow Bridgewater Canal. The construction of the Manchester Ship Canal helped transform the city of Manchester into a seaport and contributed to its industrial growth. The main cargoes at the Mersey end of the canal are machines, chemicals, and textiles, and at the Manchester end they are oil, cotton, grains, rubber, lumber, and foodstuffs. Several cities, including Widnes, Runcorn, and Warrington, are on the canal.

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After working as tug and ferry between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool Pier Head, the vessel was sold to the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1921.
When the Manchester Ship Canal Company was bought in 1986 it was losing material amounts of money and it took probably seven or eight years to turn around as an operation.
It was originally called the Ralph Brocklebank and used on the Shropshire Union Canal before being bought by the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1921.
Despite a spell of homesickness he signed as an amateur and joined the Manchester Ship Canal Company as a clerk.
The Manchester Ship Canal Company has secured cash for the project from a public regeneration agency and an EU development fund.
It also owns the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, the Manchester Ship Canal Company and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
TAKING nothing away from Graham Boanas's crossing of the Mersey, I would like to say that, as a young engineer, working for the Manchester Ship Canal Company, I used to help survey the channels across the sand and mudbanks of the upper Mersey for navigation of barges into Weston Point lock on the ship canal at Run corn.
The chosen site for the venture is believed to be on Wharfside, land owned by the Manchester Ship Canal Company.
I remember Peel when it started off as the Manchester Ship Canal Company.
Three years later the Whittaker family, which owned Peel, acquired a controlling interest in The Manchester Ship Canal Company and merged the two businesses.
Halton magistrates court heard how the Manchester Ship Canal Company, owned by Peel Ports, arranged for the disposal of waste soda ash - an irritant which can cause skin, eye and respiratory problems - which was produced at Runcorn Docks, on January 15.
Both the ICI plant at Runcorn and the Manchester Ship Canal Company (MSCC) have licences to discharge waste containing dioxins into lagoons on the marshes.

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