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Waterways Chronology from 1884 to 1893

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1884

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Edward Filliter

Estimated a cost of 45,000 for the Winterburn reservior which was to hold 284 million gallons of water.

River Nar

No traffic after 1884.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Norfolk Broads and Rivers, or the Water-ways, Lagoons, & Decoys of East Anglia by G C Davies, Published by Blackwood.

1885

Manchester Ship Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Gave evidence before a parliamentary committee in opposition to the Bridgewater Navigation Company.

Manchester Ship Canal

Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act.

1886

Neath Canal

From 1882 to 1886 dividends were not paid.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He was asked to draw up plans for an enlarged lock at Naburn.

Calder and Hebble Navigation

William Hammond Bartholomew

The company said that he had treated them "very cavalierly" in dealing with the 5,700 dilapidation charges arising from the end of the Aire & Calder's leese of the navigation.

1887

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

In his evidence on the Manchester Ship Canal Bill he said that the navigation took craft up to 187 tons, carriers doing only one-tenth of the carrying.

Manchester Ship Canal

Construction started in November 1887.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Handbook to the Rivers and Broads of Norfolk & Suffolk by G C Davies, (9th edition) Published by Jarrold Publishing - Illustrations and folding map. This book ran to 18 editions by 1890.

Tennant Canal

James Abernethy

Co-wrote a report stating that except for a portion near the terminus the canal was obsolete.

Tennant Canal

G B Bruce

Co-wrote a report stating that except for a portion near the terminus the canal was obsolete.

River Trent

Frank Rayner

He joined the company as junior engineer.

1888

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

His 500 by 47 feet Victoria entrance lock at Goole was opened.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He suggests a new lock above the Wharfe mouth.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Charles Bartholomew

Appointed director of the newly formed company.

River Weaver

John Arthur Saner

He said that there were only 146 tides a year when vessels drawing 15 feet of water could reach Weston Point docks from the Mersey.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

Francis W Webb

An experiment, started at his suggestion, for hauling boats using Crewe locomotives running on 18 -inch gauge track over about a mile of the branch. First two then four boats were pulled at 7 mph. Later eight boats were pulled by one engine.

Shropshire Union - Middlewich Branch

George R Jebb

As resident engineer he reported on the cost of providing rails for an experiment with hauling boats using a small 18 inch gauge steam locomotive over about a mile on the branch.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

His new Naburn lock, 150 feet by 26 feet, was opened beside the old lock.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

James Abernethy

Commissioned to report, with T & C Hawksley, on the construction of a canal between the Trent and Sheffield.In October they recommended new larger locks on the existing waterway.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

T & C Hawksley

Commissioned to report, with James Abernethy, on the construction of a canal between the Trent and Sheffield.In October they recommended new larger locks on the existing waterway.

1889

Eardington Forges Canal

Closed when the forges ceased work.

Horncastle Canal

The canal was disused by 1889.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A F Fowler

He agrees with L F Vernon-Harcourt's suggestion for a half-tide lock below the Wharfe mouth.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

L F Vernon-Harcourt

He suggested a half-tide lock at Kelfield below the River Wharfe junction.

1890

Dingwall Canal

Disused by 1890.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Summer in Broadland: Gypsying in East Anglian Waters by H M Doughty (3rd edition) Published by Jarrold Publishing - Account of a cruise on a converted wherry.

River Wharfe

A company was formed to make the river navigable.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Swan and Her Crew, or the Adventures of Three Young Naturalists & Sportsmen on the Broads & Rivers of Norfolk by G C Davies, (4th edition) Published by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. - Many natural history illustrations.

Shropshire Union Main Line

George R Jebb

He made an estimate of 895,475 to rebuild the 66.5 miles of canal from Ellesmere Port to Autherley to take larger craft.

1891

Two Girls on a Barge

The story of a two week pioneering canal holiday by V Cecil Cotes, Published by Chatto & Windus.

Bude Canal

Closed by an Act.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Authorised to increase the scope of the coal trade carried in "Tom Puddings".

1892

Proposal to link Bedford to the Grand Union by water.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

The Land of the Broads by E R Suffling, Published by Benjamin Perry.

1893

Bridgewater Canal

The Barton Swing Aqueduct was designed by Edward Leader Williams and opened in 1893.

Forth & Cart Canal

Closed.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Henry Rofe

As consultant engineer he attended the official opening of the new Winterburn reservoir and presented the Chairman with a silver key in a silver box, with which to perform the opening ceremony.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

As assistant engineer for the eastern side of the canal he took part in the oppening ceremony of the Winterburn Reservoir.

Bridgewater Canal

Sir Edward Leader Williams

The Barton Swing Aqueduct, which he had designed as engineer of the Manchester Ship Canal, was opened to traffic.

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