Vlog 203: Up Ship Creek

After crossing the Mersey estuary with Minimal List aboard NB Perseverance – see the prior vlog by clicking here – we now had a 36-mile journey up the Manchester Ship Canal, to get to Salford. Also aboard, as before, London Boat Girl Lorna.

See the other vlogs!
Minimal List: https://youtu.be/umvXctL-0Ec
London Boat Girl: https://youtu.be/Ir4cwe42uzA

Video filmed in mid-October 2019

Start point: https://goo.gl/maps/L49AqB9V1EqH4Nym6
River Weaver joins the MSC: https://goo.gl/maps/kSn2KSa4HZc5Kxwz7
Silver Jubilee bridge: https://goo.gl/maps/wvN3GRXKMdcB48Zw8
High-up railway bridge: https://goo.gl/maps/UvRWYfKwKDAc1JnR7
Walton swing bridge: https://goo.gl/maps/WoGzYZXRvwNT2aqz5
Latchford locks: https://goo.gl/maps/cKYSzYwT3pGLVosE6
Irlam locks: https://goo.gl/maps/rSyGrZmb1TXjvheq8
Salford Western Gateway lift bridge: https://goo.gl/maps/mWMiP21AfTTn2ERo8
Barton Swing Aqueduct: https://goo.gl/maps/CAcCSQ8RLQLXmsnG6
See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Swing_Aqueduct
End mooring: https://goo.gl/maps/QDrDsoHoBrBkrhxw8

Thanks to viewer Simon Hawker for the excellent video title!

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  1. The big sluices opposite the point where the River Weaver comes in are opened when the river is in flood to let out the excess water, otherwise the Ship Canal would get flooded as well. I think they are actually called the Weaver Sluices, and they have to be very heavy-duty to cope with the pressure of the water that can come down the river.

    Also, in view of the title of the vlog, I have to ask: were you with or without a paddle on board? ;-)

  2. Interesting, bridge-educational trip, but my favourite vlog is still number 200. I’m still chuckling.
    Happy Christmas, David!

  3. I found your Vlogs about 4 months ago and have enjoyed them ever since catching up and the van series too. The history you share with us is just mind-boggling 1700’s building of the canals and bridges. I’m from California with our history dating back to the 1800’s. Thank you for the many hours of pure enjoyment.

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