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Manchester Ship Canal

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1889. Manchester Docks Section.
1890. The Norton Sluices.
1891. Construction of Quay Walls, Salford Docks.
1891. Standard Cutting in Barton Section.
1891. Eastham Locks.
1891. The Sluices at Irlam.
1891. Barton Acqueduct.
1891. View on the River Irwell Near Crossing of the Old Trafford Road Over the River and the Bridgewater Canal.
1891. The Largest of the Three Docks at Salford.
1891. Swing Bridge at Morlane, Near Warrington.
1891. Jetty at Ellesmere Port.
1891. Jetty at Ellesmere Port.
Opened in 1894.
1894. Locomotive crane by John H. Wilson and Co.
1921. 60 ton floating crane.
1922.Petroleum Spirit Dock.
1959.Diesel-electric locomotive on the Manchester Ship Canal Railway.

of 41 Spring Gardens, Manchester.

1825 An early version of the Manchester Ship Canal Co was organized, approved reports and surveys and organized the collection of funds[1]

1885 The Manchester Ship Canal Co was incorporated in August. [2]

'The Royal Assent was given to the third bill on August 6th, 1885, and S. R. Platt's name appeared in it as a director with Mr. H. Boddington, Mr Jacob Bright, MP, Mr C. P. Henderson and Mr Joseph Lee.' [3]

1890 Series of articles were published in The Engineer, see the links below.

1891 For description of works see 1891 The Practical Engineer.

1894 S. R. Platt led the procession of the opening of the fully completed Manchester Ship Canal in his yacht SS Norseman. Next in the procession was the Snowdrop and then, hired by the Salford Town Council, came the SS Great Britain.[4]

1922 The Stanlow Oil Dock was officially opened near Ellesmere Port. The new dock was intended primarily for the discharge of steamers carrying petroleum, lubricating, illuminating and fuel oils. It had a length of 600ft., a width of 100ft., and a depth of 30ft., and is carried out in reinforced concrete, including a caisson designed to close the entrance in the event of a fire, so as to prevent burning oil from entering the canal.[5]

Full History in 'The Engineer', see The Engineer 1894/05/25. [6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1894/01/5
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Manchester Weekly Times, Friday July 17, 1891.
  4. Grantham Journal, Saturday 6 January 1894.
  5. The Engineer 1922/07/14
  6. The Engineer of 25th May 1894 p441-460