The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester to the Irish Sea. Starting at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, it generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet (18 m) up to Manchester, where the canal's terminus was built. Major landmarks along its route include the Barton Swing Aqueduct, the only swing aqueduct in the world, and Trafford Park, the world's first planned industrial estate and still the largest in Europe.   Specifications: Length 36 miles (58 km), Maximum boat length 600 ft 0 in (182.9 m), (Regularly limited to 530 feet (160 m)), Maximum boat beam 65 ft 6 in (20.0 m), (Regularly limited to 53 feet 6 inches (16.31 m)), Locks 5, Status Open. Navigation authority Manchester Ship Canal Company.

History: Principal engineer, Edward Leader Williams. Date of act 5 August 1885, construction began 1887, Date of first use 1 January 1894, Date completed, 7th December 1893.

Geography: Start point: Eastham Locks, End point Salford Quays, Connects to River Bollin, Glaze Brook, River Mersey, River Irwell, Bridgewater Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Weaver Navigation.

Vessel: Stolt Cormorant Manchester ship canal 15th January 2007. IMO: 9148960, a chemical/oil products tanker, built in 1999 and currently sailing under the flag of Cayman Islands. 96m length overall and beam of 16m. Her gross tonnage is 3818 tons. Still active as of Feb 11, 2018. 


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