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HRS 1134 Manchester, Salford Junction Canal, river entrance lock 1970s

The Manchester, Salford Junction Canal was opened in 1839 as a way of allowing coal traffic from the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal access to the canal network via the Rochdale Canal. The canal with its long tunnel under Manchester's street was built to avoid carting goods across Manchester to the Rochdale Canal. Later a link canal was opened at Hulme and the remarkable MSJc canal became a white elephant. The Canal started almost opposite the exit lock from the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. A short but often dangerous boat journey (if the river was in spate) was needed to enter the MSJc. PHOTO: This is the view from a boat on the Irwell, illustrating how it would have appeared to the boatmen.
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Keywords:air-raids, canals, irwell, locks, manchester, salford junction canal, rivers, second world war, shelters, tunnels, victorians, world war two

HRS 1134 Manchester, Salford Junction Canal, river entrance lock 1970s