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Tavistock Canal

Description of Tavistock Canal: Was a 4 mile tub-boat canal from Tavistock, Devon, to the quay on the River Tamar. There were no locks but there was a 2,540 yard tunnel through Morwelldown and a 237 foot inclined plane. The canal sloped to produce a current to assist navigation.

History of Tavistock Canal: Authorised by an Act of 1803, opened 1817, Mill Hill branch open 1819, closed in 1873. Now part of an open air museum.
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