Wash, The

Wash, The,

inlet of the North Sea, 20 mi (32 km) long and 15 mi (24 km) wide, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, E England. It receives the Witham, Wellend, Nene, and Ouse rivers. It is mostly shallow with sandbars and low, marshy shores. Dredged ship channels lead to King's LynnKing's Lynn,
town (1991 pop. 37,323), Norfolk, E England, on the Great Ouse River near its influx into The Wash, an inlet of the North Sea. Its large harbor serves foreign as well as coastal trade and is the base for a fishing fleet.
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borough and district (1991 pop. 26,495), E central England, on the Witham River. Boston's fame as a port dates from the 13th cent., when it was a Hanseatic port trading wool and wine. Having recovered from a decline in the 18th and 19th cent.
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Wash, The

 

a bay of the North Sea, on the eastern coast of Great Britain. The Wash is 35 km long and 24 km wide at its mouth. The depth in the central part reaches 40 m. The coasts are low-lying. Tides are semidiurnal, with a range of 7.6 m. The Witham, Welland, Nene, and Ouse rivers empty into the Wash. The port of King’s Lynn is situated on the bay.

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