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Title: Manchester Ship Canal. Sutton's Photographic History of Transport Series.
Description: Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sutton. 1997. (ISBN: 0750914599) Soft Cover. 126 pp, 9 9/16" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "The building of the Manchester Ship Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering achievement of Victorian times. The dissatisfaction of Manchester merchants with high railway rates and excessive port dues charged on imports and exports passing through Liverpool led to a movement to excavate a waterway as wide and as deep as the Suez Canal, so that ocean-going steamships would be able to load and discharge in the heartland of the south-east Lancashire industrial area. The opening of the canal in 1894 dramatically reduced transport costs for industrialists and transformed an inland city into a major port. This history of its construction and operation is divided into themes. A selection of over 200 photographs covers the whole 36-mile length of the canal, from the Mersey Estuary, through Ellesmere Port and Runcorn, to the terminal docks in Salford. Included are sections on the construction period 1887-94, the early operating practices, major shipping companies, tug-boats, canal railways, special features, and the centenary. The vast majority of illustrations are previously unpublished photographs, many from official sources, charting the progress and development of the canal since its inception. The final chapter bring the story up to date with current plans as the canal moves into its second century of operation. This book will be of interest to local historians, industrial archaeologists, waterway enthusiasts, and ship-lovers everywhere." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light waviness to book, minor rubbing. Very Good+.

Keywords: Canals, England, Britain, Construction, Terminal Docks, Trafford Park, Western Ports, Wharves, Locks, Bridges, Tugs, Dredgers, Ship Canal Railways, Furness Withy Group, Salford, Victorian Era, Mersey & Irwell, Navvies, Tow-Paths, Manchester, Runcorn, Warr

Price: US$ 12.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 27003

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