An inside view of Anderton
THIS unusual view inside the Anderton Boat Lift shows water being drained from the twin approach aqueducts at the top of the lift as the 143-year-old wonder of the waterways is prepared for a ‘winter check-up’.
Unusually, both caissons (the tanks which carry the boats) are seen at the lower level – they usually balance each other via hydraulic pistons and cylinders, so one goes up as the other goes down. The draining was necessary so that any silt and debris could be removed, prior to a full survey by engineers in order to plan for future maintenance work on the Lift. CRT engineer Alex ParsonsHulse described the lift, which raises and lowers boats 50ft between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver, as “an important structure both locally and internationally”, being the world’s oldest working boat lift.