Manch­ester’s iconic canal turns 125

Countryfile Magazine - - Month In The Country -

New Year’s Day marks 125 years since the 58km-long Manch­ester Ship Canal opened to traf­fic. Con­struc­tion of this in­cred­i­ble feat of en­gi­neer­ing, with its five mas­sive locks, took seven years and cost many work­ers’ lives. Af­ter Queen Vic­to­ria opened it in 1894, the wa­ter­way al­lowed ocean-go­ing ves­sels to nav­i­gate di­rectly into the heart of Manch­ester, turn­ing it into Bri­tain’s third busiest port.

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