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Manchester Ship Canal

Description of Manchester Ship Canal: Runs from Eastham Locks (some 6 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool) to Woden Street Bridge, Manchester.

History of Manchester Ship Canal: Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act of 1885. Construction started in November 1887 and the canal was opened on 1 January 1894.
For more details see the History page.

Subordinate Waterways of Manchester Ship Canal

Navigation Authority: : Manchester Ship Canal Company, Queen Elizabeth II Dock, Eastham, Wirral CH62 0BB: Telephone 0151 327 1461 : Fax 0151 327 6278 :

Irlam Lock

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  • Cut to Caernarfon - Return Journey Chris Coburn, 2 hours 41 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, The second part of Chris Coburn's epic trip along the North Wales Coast. Features visit to Salford Quays National Waterways Festival, the Manchester Ship Canal and return to the midlands and Walsall gathering. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • Seaway to the World - The Manchester Ship Canal , Released in 1998, 43 minutes Produced by , The film takes us on a nostalgic journey from Eastham locks right up to Manchester and shows us some of the sights and sounds feeding off the Canal. A fascinating insight into one of the greatest Victorian engineering achievements. Part of the 'Maritime Britain' series. Produced privately by Graham Cooke. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon
  • MSC. The 250 Ton Crane , 55 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, Changing lock gates on the MSC is a big job. the steam electric 250 tot crane is still in original order. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
  • MSC. Tug story , 45 minutes Produced by Laurence Hogg Productions, We join the crew of two MSC tugs for a day. Experience how ships are towed and berthed on the ship canal. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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  • Mersey Ferries Various cruises on Mersey Ferries including trips on the Manchester Ship Canal.
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  • Pennine Waterways Peak Forest, Ashton, Rochdale, Leeds & Liverpool, Huddersfield and other canals in the area.
  • Manchester Cruises A new (2013) sightseeing venture. Along the Manchester Ship Canal onboard and Salford Quays.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Manchester Ship Canal: Large locks: Length 600 foot, beam 65 foot. Parallel smaller locks: Length 350 foot, beam 65 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Manchester Ship Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Eastham Locks

Junction with River Mersey Large and Medium Locks at the entrance to the canal from the River Mersey.

0

1

N

SJ369810

108

Bankfield Wharf

0.6

1

N

SJ374801

108

Hooton Wharf

1.4

1

N

SJ384792

117

Bowaters UK Paper Mills

2

1

N

SJ394785

117

Pool Hall Wharf

2.6

1

N

SJ401778

117

Ellesmere Port

Junction with Shropshire Union Main Line Junction with the Shropshire Union Canal

2.9

1

N

SJ405774

117

Ellesmere Port Grain Warehouse

3.1

1

N

SJ408772

117

Stuart Wharf

3.6

1

N

SJ414770

117

Stanlow Wharf

3.9

1

N

SJ417770

117

Associated Ethyl Wharf

4

1

N

SJ419770

117

ICI (Dyestuffs) Wharf

4.1

1

N

SJ421770

117

Esso Barge Wharf

4.4

1

N

SJ421770

117

Stanlow Oil Docks

Turning point and Stanlow Lay-by

4.5

1

N

SJ423770

117

Ince Coaster Berth

5.1

1

N

SJ433769

117

Ince Oil Berth

5.4

1

N

SJ436769

117

Ince Tying-up Berth

5.6

1

N

SJ439769

117

Ince Wharf

6.6

1

N

SJ458774

117

Holpool Gutter

7.4

1

N

SJ475777

117

Frodsham Pumping Stage

8.5

1

N

SJ485784

117

Weaver Mouth

Junctions with River Weaver and River Weaver - Old Navigation Line Junction with the Weaver Navigation

9.9

1

N

SJ501800

997

Weaver Sluices

10.1

1

N

SJ499802

108

Weston Mersey

Junction with River Mersey Junction with River Mersey through Weston Mersey Lock

10.9

1

N

SJ493812

108

Weston Point Docks

11

1

N

SJ493814

108

Delamere Dock

Entrance to Weaver Navigation

11.1

1

N

SJ493818

108

Weston Point Salt Works (ICI)

11.3

1

N

SJ493819

108

Runcorn Lay-by

11.5

1

N

SJ494821

108

Bridgewater Canal Junction (closed)

Originally access to the Bridgewater canal was via Bridgewater Locks which were closed in 1966

11.8

1

N

SJ496823

108

Runcorn Docks

12.3

1

N

SJ500828

108

Runcorn Railway Bridge

12.5

1

N

SJ508833

108

Widnes Bridge

A533 road bridge

12.6

1

N

SJ509833

108

Old Quay Lock

Entrance to Runcorn Old Quay

13

1

N

SJ514833

108

Old Quay Swing Bridge

13.3

1

N

SJ520832

108

ICI (General Chemicals) Wharf

13.5

1

N

SJ524833

108

Astmoor Wharf

ICI (Chemicals and Met.)

14.3

1

N

SJ534836

108

Stone Delph

15.1

1

N

SJ548842

108

Randles Sluices

15.4

1

N

SJ551843

108

Moore Lane Lay-by

16.4

1

N

SJ565848

108

Moore Lane Swing Bridge

17.1

1

N

SJ578853

108

Acton Grange Wharf

17.5

1

N

SJ585855

108

Acton Grange Railway Viaduct

17.9

1

N

SJ590857

108

Chester Road Swing Bridge

18.8

1

N

SJ604861

109

Walton Lock Branch

Junction with Manchester Ship Canal - Walton Lock Branch Junction with branch leading to the River Mersey

19

1

N

SJ606862

109

Northwich Road Swing Bridge

A559 road bridge

19.4

1

N

SJ613864

109

Latchford High Level Bridge

20.1

1

N

SJ623867

109

Knutsford Road Swing Bridge

A50 road bridge

20.4

1

N

SJ628869

109

Latchford Viaduct

20.8

1

N

SJ633871

109

Latchford Locks

21

2

N

SJ637872

109

Thelwall Pumping Station

21.5

2

N

SJ646876

109

Thelwall Ferry

21.8

2

N

SJ649877

109

Stratham Pumping Station No 3

Disused

22.5

2

N

SJ659881

109

M6 Motorway Bridge

22.8

2

N

SJ664882

109

Rixton Junction

24

2

N

SJ682889

109

Warburton High Level Bridge

25.1

2

N

SJ695901

109

Millbank Wharf

26

2

N

SJ702911

109

Cadishead Ferry

26.6

2

N

SJ710916

109

Cadishead Viaduct

26.9

2

N

SJ716920

109

Partingham Coaling Basin

27.1

2

N

SJ719922

109

Irlam Wharf

27.8

2

N

SJ725932

109

Mersey Weir

28

2

N

SJ726935

109

Irlam Viaduct

28.1

2

N

SJ726936

109

Irlam Locks

28.4

3

N

SJ727941

109

Hulmes Bridge Ferry

29.6

3

N

SJ738958

109

Barton Locks

30.4

4

N

SJ747965

109

Barton Swing Aqueduct

Barton Swing Bridge

31.8

4

N

SJ756975

109

Irwell Park Wharf

32.3

4

N

SJ774978

109

Sewage Works

33.4

4

N

SJ790980

109

Mode Wheel Locks

33.9

5

N

SJ797974

109

Dock No 9 Entrance

34.3

5

N

SJ802971

109

Turning Basin

Docks Nos 6, 7 and 8

34.6

5

N

SJ807968

109

Dock Railway Swing Bridge

34.9

5

N

SJ810966

109

Trafford Road Swing Bridge

35.1

5

N

SJ812965

109

Pomona Dock No 4

Junction with Bridgewater Canal Followed by Pomona Docks No 3, 2 and 1, Access to Bridgewater Canal via Dock 3.

35.4

5

N

SJ816966

109

Pomona Dock No 1

35.6

5

N

SJ819969

109

Woden Street Bridge

Junction with Manchester Ship Canal - River Irwell Upper Reach Junction with River Irwell Upper Reach

36

5

N

SJ824973

109

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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