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Waterways Chronology from 1871 to 1880

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1871

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

He was paid 1,000 plus 220 for the cost of models in exchange for the right to use his compartment boat patents.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

William Hammond Bartholomew

Reported to the Ouse trustees that regular dredging was required below Naburn Lock.

Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal

George R Jebb

He was appointed to the Board of the tramway company building a line down the Ceiriog valley to join the canal at near Chirk.

Torrington Canal

Closed about 1871.

Wey and Arun Junction Canal

Closed.

1872

Huddersfield Broad Canal

William Hammond Bartholomew

Arranged with Sir John Ramsden for enlarged carrying trade premises at the Huddersfield wharf.

River Severn

William Brown Clegram

He joined the Board of the Severn Bridge Company that was to build a railway bridge across the river above Sharpness.

River Weaver

J Watt Sandeman

He bcame engineer to the Weaver trustees. He started a programme of lock and river improvements.

Bridgewater Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Having left the Weaver Navigation he became engineer and general manager of the new Bridgewater Navigation Company.

Lancaster Canal

Bryan Padgett Gregson

He died still with the company after 60 years service.

1873

Bradford Canal

3 miles reopened.

Par Canal

Closed.

Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal

George R Jebb

He suggested the canal from Llangollen and the Weston Branch could be converted into a narrow-gauge railway and extended to Wem.

Trewyddfa Canal

Bought by the Great Western Railway in 1873 at the same time as they acquired the Swansea Canal.

Tavistock Canal

Closed.

Upper Avon

The last barge is said to have navigated this part of the river in 1873.

1874

Middle Level Navigation

Promoted by Act.

1875

Our Canal Population

By George Smith, first edition published.

Bridgewater Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Having rejected a trial of a steam tug hauled on a chain or cable on the bottom of the canal that was set up by Fowler of Leeds, he now ordered 6 narrow-beam tugs. Eventually he had 28 of these.

Glamorganshire Canal

Richard Hassard

Did a survey for a new dock in Cardiff which would be connected to the Great Western Railway.

Romford Canal

Authorised by an Act, work started on a lock and a tunnel under the London, Tilbury & Southend Railway line.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Anderton Lift opened. Connecting the Trent & Mersey Canal with the River Weaver this boat lift raised boats 50 feet from the river.

River Thames

Life on the Upper Thames by H R Robertson, Published by Virtue, Spalding & Co. - Large format, high quality engravings of river trades.

River Weaver

Sir Edward Leader Williams

As engineer for the Bridgewater Navigation Company he suggested using the Delamere dock entrance as a means of connecting traffic from the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn directly to the Weaver but the Weaver trustees rejected the idea.

1876

Coombe Hill Canal

Closed under an Act.

River Great Ouse

R B Grantham

Around this date he proposed setting up a drainage authority by Act of Parliament to take charge of the little used navigation.

River Ivel

Closed.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

Sir John Coode

Wrote a report proposing a new lock at Naburn to be 140 foot by 32 foot and the purchase of a dredger at a cost of 40,000.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Was made General Manager, in addition to his post as engineer, and was paid 1,500 per annum.

1877

Melton Mowbray Navigation

Abandoned.

Romford Canal

Work stopped.

1878

Horncastle Canal

The last boats came to Horncastle.

Kyme Eau - Sleaford Canal

Abandoned by an Act.

River Mersey

The Mersey Ancient and Modern by B Blower, Published by E Howell - A short description and history of trade on the Mersey, illustrated by lithographs.

Sleaford Navigation

Act of abandonment passed.

River Thames

A New Map of the River Thames, From Thames Head to London (on scale of two inches to a mile) from entirely new surveys finished during the summer of 1878,and corrected to the Present Time by H Taunt, Published by Taunt & Co.

River Trent

F J Meyer

He attended a Trent shareholders meeting to explain his system of hauling boats by a wire rope on the bed of the river.

1879

Rob Rat: A Story of Barge Life

By Rev. Mark Guy Pearse, a sentimental moralising story of Rob, who is abandoned by his parents and is adopted by old Noah. Published by Charles H Kelly.

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Charles Bartholomew

He reported that the compartment boat system was yeilding a 10.75% return on the capital invested after allowing for interest and depreciation.

Bridgewater Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He left the Bridgewater Navigation Company.

Grand Union Slough Branch

Authorised by an Act.

1880

Mundon or White House Farm Canal

Disused by 1880.

River Tyne

The River Tyne: Its History & Resources by J Guthrie, Published by Andrew Reid - Covers bridge building and other improvements to the Tyne.

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