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Waterways Chronology from 1888 to 1897

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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.

1894

Stretford and Leigh Branch (Bridgewater Canal)

Barton Swing Aqueduct (see also Seven Wonders of the Waterways) over the Manchester Ship Canal opened.

Leicestershire & Northampton Union Canal

Purchased by the Grand Junction.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

By 1894 most of the navigation had been replaced by the Manchester Ship Canal.

Manchester Ship Canal

The canal was opened on 1 January 1894.

1895

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

William Hammond Bartholomew

Formally retired but continued to work on building the New Junction Canal and as a consultant director untill shortly before his death.

Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

William Hammond Bartholomew

Advised the Aire & Calder board not to buy shares in the company due to role of the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway in the company.

1896

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

Now a director of the company he discussed with Bingley Urban District Council his scheme for generating electricty by water power from the canal. No agreement on charges was reached.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

William Hammond Bartholomew

Work on building the new canal began under his direction.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

Work started.

River Trent

Frank Rayner

He became engineer and oversaw the deeping of Cranfleet Cut and one or two new craft launched.

1897

Grand Junction Canal

E Bailey Denton

He reported on the problems of sewage in the canal emanating from the Hanwell sewage works into the River Brent near where it joined the canal.

Grand Junction Canal

Gordon Cale Thomas

He and his brother designed an inclined plane to lift boats 75 feet 2 inches at Foxton.

Galton's Canal

Abandoned.

Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

H J Marten

He was asked by the Brisol and Wolverhampton Chambers of Commerce to report on the possibility of enlarging the upper Severn locks and the canal as for as Aldersley to take 170-ton to 200-ton barges. He said it could be done at moderate cost.

River Severn

H J Marten

He was asked by the Brisol and Wolverhampton Chambers of Commerce to report on the possibility of enlarging the upper river locks and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal as for as Aldersley to take 170-ton to 200-ton barges. He said it could be done at moderate cost.

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