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1899

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Gerald FitzGibbon

Was appointed engineer.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

R H White

He estimated tha it would cost another 44,357 to complete the work that was taking place on the Barrowford to Blackburn pound.

1900

Aberdare Canal

Closed.

Cromford Canal

The 3,063 yard Butterley Tunnel was closed due to subsidence.

Market Weighton Canal

The Market Weighton Drainage Act of 1900 abandoned the upper 3.5 miles of the canal.

1902

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Broadland Sport by N Everitt, Published by R A Everitt.

River Trent

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Around this time he surveyed the river with a view to building new locks and other improvements to navigation.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

R H White

A committee of shareholders formed in Bradford in 1901 to investigate the company's affairs reported. They thought the condition of the canal was a credit to him as engineer.

1904

Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England

By Henry Rodolph de Salis A handbook of Inland Navigation for manufactures, merchants, traders, and others. Compiled after a personal survey of the whole of the waterways by the author, published.

Donnington Wood Canal

Abandoned.

Somerset Coal Canal

Abandoned in 1904 although a short length at Limpley Stoke is still used as moorings.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

He suggested that as he was working full time for the company in his role as managing director he would prefer to become a paid general manager. The board did not agree to this but agreed to increase his salary.

1905

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

The Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal was opened.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire New Junction Canal

William Hammond Bartholomew

His new canal was completed at a total cost of 300,000.

1906

British Canals: Is Their Resuscitation Practicable?

By Edwin A Pratt. Published by John Murray.

Grand Junction Canal

Gordon Cale Thomas

In his evidence to the Royal Commission he (with the support of the Grand Junction Company) suggested thr building of more inclided planes as part of a plan to enlarge the canals to 80-ton standard. He blamed the lack of traffic on the Leicester line on the bad condition and high tolls of the railway-owned Cromford and Nottingham canals and the disuse of the Nutbrook Canal.

North Wilts Canal

Traffic ceased.

River Ouse (Yorkshire)

A Creer

He suggested a half tide weir below the Wharfe junction.

Portsmouth & Arundel Canal

No traffic after 1906.

River Trent

Promoted by Act.

Our Waterways

A History of Inland Navigation considered as a Branch of Water Conservancy by W H R Ashford & U A Forbes (336 pages) Published by Murray.

1907

Aire and Calder Navigation and River Aire

Henry Pickard

He was appointed engineer.

Mersey & Irwell Navigation

The River Irwell by J Corbett, Published by E J Morten 1974 Believed to be a reprint of a 1907 book.

Manchester Ship Canal

History of the Manchester Ship Canal by Sir B T Leech , Published by Sherratt & Hughes - 2 volumes

Manchester Ship Canal - River Irwell Upper Reach

The River Irwell by J Corbett , Published by E J Morten 1974 Believed to be a reprint of a 1907 book.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Promoted by Act.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

A W Stansfeld

Following the death of the company engineer, R H White, he resigned his directorship and became general manager and engineer.

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