Britain has just started Veterans Day so Manchester was a bit slow off the Mark. The Police Band played all afternoon at Piccadilly Gardens.
Monday, 29 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
The Boat is parked opposite building sites of the New BBC and ITV Studios which will opening very soon at Salford Keys. Cruises can be booked on Line at www.merseyferries.co.uk and Information can be had at firstname.lastname@example.org The facilities on board include a licence bar also snacks, light refreshments and hot beverages. The trip is approximately 6 hours and the price includes return transport back to your departure point. The trip can also be done from Liverpool ( Albert Dock) to Salford Keys. Their is a "Live" comprehensive running commentary on each trip.
This is our Transport down the Canal to Liverpool. The Royal Iris used to be the Ferry Boat that ran the New Brighton to the Pier Head Albert Dock for years. It's a bright day with bitterly cold east wind.
You can see the size of Mode wheel Lock. Two or Three medium boats can all get in the lock at the same time. The Strange Name of Mode came from a Water Wheel that was on the River Irwell round here. The Water Wheel was called Maude Wheel and over years of Mancunian Dialect has become Mode Wheel.
The Lock Gates are Shut holding the Water to the Level that is in Salford Keys. The Canal water level is about 9ft lower.
This is the Millennium Bridge which was opened by the Queen in the year 2000. It's a road bridge from Trafford Park to Eccles. Ample Room for large boats to go under. In the days of Manchester Liners some Liners had to take off their Funnels and leave them at Eastam Locks to come up the Canal.
This is the Cerestar Plant which I believe makes Corn Flower and other products from Grain which comes up the Canal by Boat to their Wharf.
On the Side of the Ship Canal there Piles of Scrap Metal waiting to be Shipped all over the world mostly to China I believe.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The Swing Bridge for the Bridgewater Canal with Slides In Place to keep the Water in. The Barton Road Bridge is just Swinging open to let our Boat Through.
To the left of the Flag you can see the Bridge that carries the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. Slides are inserted to hold the water in the Bridgewater. The Swing Bridge for the Bridgewater Canal was Deemed to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World when it was first built ( 1899 )
This the Barton Road Swing Bridge that used to cause mayhem with road traffic a few years ago. With the advent of the High Level Bridge the traffic is a lot less now.
Barton Locks are the second set of locks on the Canal from Salford Docks and the same lock keepers attend the first three as they are only a few miles apart so they follow us down on their motor bikes. Because there is not a lot of traffic on the Canal these days they save money by only having one lock keeper for the three locks.
The lock gate is open so we can enter the lock. The tower on the right is a pumping station so that the water level can be adjusted to suit.
As we sail in to the Irlam Locks the lower level in the Canal in front is about 8ft lower in dept. The Gate has to shut behind us so the level can be lowered in the lock.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
This is where the River Mersey runs in to the Canal over a Weir near Irlam Locks Both the Canal and the River continue together for several miles till the River goes over another Weir to the side and resumes it's course down to Liverpool. A clever idea as no matter how much water goes in to the Canal from the River the level in the Canal is maintained by the Lower Weir.
Peel Holdings the firm who own the Manchester Ship Canal and the Bridgewater Canal plus the Giant Trafford Shopping Center have started this New Container Port which is growing bigger yearly.
If you look closer in to the Photograph you can see that this Railway Bridge has been blocked by Shipping Containers on both sides of the bridge across the lines. I wonder why?
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The River Mersey joins the Canal just after Irlam Locks and this is where it parts company with the Canal to go over a Weir towards Runcorn where the Mersey is tidal. So the amount of water in the Canal is controlled keeping the depth constant.
We are now approaching the Thellwall Viaduct with the Double Bridge witch takes the M6 Motorway over the Canal.
The M6 Motorway Passes over the canal at this point. In the winter we get bad visibility and freezing temps so there is always big trouble on the motorway at this point.
This is the latest of the Canal Dredging Boats at it's discharging station. The spoil is pumped out and dried. It can be used for building roads etc. The Canal depth is maintained at 38 ft deep. The idea being that any boat that can use the Suez Canal (26 ft deep) can use the Manchester Ship Canal.
Looking down the canal as we approach Latchford Locks we can see a number of bridges ( Rail and Road swing bridges)
A Substantial Rail Bridge built by Victorian Engineering. The Union Jack is on the Prow of the Boat.
The Railways that cross the Canal all appear to go diagonally across it. This is because the Railways were built before the canal so the train lines went straight to their destination. The Bridges had to be built of course and the railway lines banked up from about one and a half miles on either side of the bridge. The spoil from digging the Canal was used for Banking.