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4. Building the Manchester Ship Canal.


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Apologies to all of you who have seen these photos previously, but there will be many of you who have not come across them before. On completion I shall not be leaving them on here, anyone who wishes to do so should copy them as we go along.


The swing aqueduct nearing completion with consruction of the brick hydraulic operations tower well under way.



The swing aqueduct in operation, possibly testing.



Canal excavation under the swing aqueduct.



Barton swing bridge with the aqueduct behind, and the old brick Bridgewater canal aqueduct between the two.



Civil engineering work at Barton with the temporary railway to the left.



Barton construction work around the Barton Swing Aqueduct, makes you wonder how eventually order came out of what appears to be total chaos!.



Navvies at work on the new Barton SwingAqueduct.



Steam crane at work next to Barton Bridge.



Board of Trade Inspection of the Irwell Viaduct, a load of ten locomotives = 750 Tons.



Boring party on a pontoon barge at the Manchester end of the canal.


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