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James Green

West country canal engineer

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1810Torrington CanalHe prepared a plan for a canal from Torrington along the eastern side of the River Torridge past Weare Giffard to enter the river above Hallspill and oposite Landcross.
1813Braunton Canal and River Taw schemesHe suggested that two drainage channels in Braunton Marsh should be connected by a lock so that boats could have access to the north part of the marsh.
1817Bude CanalTogether with Thomas Shearn he surveyed the line for the canal.
1818Exeter Ship CanalHe was asked to report on possible improvements to the canal.
1819Bude CanalFollowing the passing of the canal Act he subscribes 3,000 to the scheme.
October 1820Exeter Ship CanalHe made his report on the state of the canal and was asked to dredge and straighten the channel and to repair the Double Locks.
1821English & Bristol Channels Junction Canal projectMade a survey of the route and recommended a tub-boat canal with 5 inclined planes and 4 tunnels.
Late 1821Exeter Ship CanalHe finished the dredging, straightening and repair work on the canal.
1823Liskeard & Looe Union CanalHe was called in to advise on the making of a canal, railway and turnpike road, all of which he said were possible. On the question of a canal he ruled against locks and recommended a tub-boat canal with inclined planes at an estimated cost of 14,000.
1823Torrington CanalHe is appointed engineer and starts the cutting of the navigation with the Torridge river lock and basin.
Early September 1823Liskeard & Looe Union CanalHe asked to prepare a report to support the planned Bill for the authorisation of the canal.
1824English & Bristol Channels Ship CanalHe took part in a survey of the route, under the leadership of Thomas Telford, and signed the plans.
1824Exeter Ship CanalHe recommended that the canal should be extended 2 miles down the estuary to Turf so that craft drawing up to 12 feet could enter the canal on all tides.
Autumn September 1825English & Bristol Channels Ship CanalHe surveyed a line for the Taunton branch of the canal.
1827Stover CanalHe was asked how the approach to Newton could be improved and he proposed a mile long canal from a basin in the town centre, across the shallows, to a tide-lock at the entrance.
April 1828Glamorganshire CanalHe reported to Lord Bute who had requested his advice on improving the port of Cardiff. Green thought that the entrace to the canal was too high up the River Taff so that vessels had difficulty in navigating the winding tidal channel. He proposed a ship canal to get vessels off of the tidal waters, this was to be authoised in the Bute Ship Canal Act of 1830.
1 May 1829Grand Western CanalHe presented to the shareholders his idea for extending the canal to Taunton as a tub-boat canal with inclined planes. He was then asked to make a survey on the basis of the line set out in the 1796 Act.
March 1830Grand Western CanalHe reported that the canal would cost 61,324 with seven lifts and one inclined plane.
1831Chard CanalHe examined a proposal for the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal Company to build the main drain at Westmoor as part of their navigation and suggested it would be better for them to make a branch direct to Chard.
Mid 1831Chard CanalHe carried out a survey and proposed a canal leaving the Bridgwater & Taunton at Creech St Michael with five pounds separated by inclined planes and lifts. The cost was estimated at 57,000 andthe completion time as five years.
1833Kidwelly & Llanelly CanalHe recommended that the canal should be extended to Pembrey New Harbour, a new tramroad connection should br made and that the Gwendrath valley line should be extended for over 5 miles, with three inclined planes.
Late 1833London & Birmingham Junction Canal projectHe surveyed the line of the canal.
Mid 1834Grand Western CanalHe reported that to prevent alterations of the levels of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal affecting the working of the boat lifts (which depended on constant levels) locks would be needed at Lowdwells and Taunton.
June 1835Grand Western CanalThe committee criticise him in their annual report because of problems with the boat lifts, saying he had "with too much confidence on theoretical principles, never subjected it to a full and fair trial". Five lifts were working on the open part of the canal to Wellington.
August 1835Kidwelly & Llanelly CanalThe extension to the old main line that he proposed in 1833 was now complete.
27 January 1836Grand Western CanalHe is replaced as engineer after problems with one of the lifts and a complete failure of the Wellisford inclined plane.
30 January 1836Kidwelly & Llanelly CanalHe left his post of engineer having failed to complete the inclined planes for the estimated cost.
February 1836Kidwelly & Llanelly CanalHe ceased being engineer for the Burry Port company after a failure of the walls caused the harbour to be closed.
Early April 1836Stourbridge Extension CanalThe company decided he should make a survey of the line but he seems not to have done the survey.
1 July 1837Kidwelly & Llanelly CanalHis Gwendraeth valley line had been built at a cost of 55,918. It incuded 3 inclined planes with 57, 56 and 84 feet rises plus two locks.

 

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