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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1887: Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham.
In a separate incident on 19 August 2012 approximately 5 tonnes of oil entered the Manchester Ship Canal following failures in the operation of ESSAR s effluent management system.
Gravestones and cars were covered in oil droplets in one incident and in another around five tonnes of oil leaked into the Manchester Ship Canal.
I'm a Northern lad and my dad worked on the docks of the Manchester Ship Canal.
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00 Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Departs 7 September 2013 Join us on a memorable six hour cruise that celebrates this incredible feat of Victorian engineering.
00 Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Departs 11 May 2013 Join us on a memorable six hour cruise that celebrates this incredible feat of Victorian engineering.
Ed Brady, public affairs manager for the site which is owned by Essar, said less than five tons had been spilt into the Manchester ship canal.
July 1, four days from pounds 229 Don't miss this chance to experience the legendary Manchester Ship Canal and embark on a truly memorable journey discovering the fascinating facts, history and dramas of England's most famous inland waterway.
Ronaldo, widely linked with a move to Real Madrid last summer, says he spends most of his time answering fan mail in his Wilmslow home because attractions like the Manchester Ship Canal and Trafford Centre don't make up for the beach, the sun or the sea.
Water taken miles to towns and the Manchester Ship Canal formed.
His body was pulled from the Manchester Ship Canal half-a-mile away nearly two weeks later on April 30.

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