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Exeter Ship Canal

Description of Exeter Ship Canal: Runs from Exeter Canal Basin, for just over 5 miles, to the River Exe estuary.

History of Exeter Ship Canal: The oldest post Roman canal in England, started in 1563 under an Act passed in 1539. Opened in 1566. Major reconstruction of the canal was opened in 1701 and 1830 (following a further Act of 1829).
For more details see the History page.

Navigation Authority: : Exeter City Council, River & Canal Office, Haven Road, Exeter EX2 8DU :

Website: http://www.exeter.gov.uk/

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Exeter Ship Canal: Length 122 foot, beam 26 foot 3 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Exeter Ship Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Exeter Canal Basin

0

0

N

0

Kings Arms Flood Gates

Junction with River Exe

0.3

0

N

0

Double Locks No 1

1.5

1

N

0

Topsham Junction

Junction with River Exe via Topsham Lock (derelict at present)

3.8

1

N

0

Turf Lock No 2

Entrance lock to Canal

5

2

N

0

Pierhead, entrance to Turf Cut.

Junction with River Exe estuary

5.3

2

N

0

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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