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Description: Runs from Eastham Locks (some 6 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool) to Woden Street Bridge, Manchester.
History: Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act of 1885. Construction started in November 1887 and the canal was opened on 1 January 1894.
He had his first connection with the project.
Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act.
Gave evidence before a parliamentary committee in opposition to the Bridgewater Navigation Company.
Construction started in November 1887.
The canal was opened on 1 January 1894.
History of the Manchester Ship Canal by Sir B T Leech , Published by Sherratt & Hughes - 2 volumes
The original access to the Bridgewater canal, via Bridgewater Locks, was closed.
The Manchester Ship Canal and the rise of the Port of Manchester 1894-1975 by D A Farnie, Published by Manchester University Press.
A Hundred Years of the Manchester Ship Canal by Edward Gray, Published by Aurora Eterprises Ltd - The story of the building and history of the canal published to coincide with its centenary.
Manchester Ship Canal Company, Preliminary Prospectus by Richard Dean, Published by M & M Baldwin - copy of the original prospectus, plus commentary by Richard Dean.
Manchester Ship Canal by Edward Gray, Published by Sutton Publishing - Historic record of the canal featuring over 200 photographs
IWA National Festival at Salford Quays.