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Photoblog: Manchester Ship Canal

Posted by indigodream on 3 September, 2009

Looking back towards Ellesmere Port

Looking back towards Ellesmere Port

Our first view up the MSC

Our first view up the MSC

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This ship would be following us up the canal, but an hour later....

This ship would be following us up the canal, but an hour later....

The industry's on a different scale here...

The industry's on a different scale here...

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These old warehouses were much more our size....

These old warehouses were much more our size....

The Mersey Fisher - one of the smaller ships that pass this way...

The Mersey Fisher - one of the smaller ships that pass this way...

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The Mersay Fisher's lifeboat - do we need one????

The Mersay Fisher's lifeboat - do we need one????

Oil loading gantry with its giant counterwieghts..

Oil loading gantry with its giant counterwieghts..

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An incentive for people to quit - maybe I should run my stop smoking clinics up here!

An incentive for people to quit - maybe I should run my stop smoking clinics up here!

It never occurred to me that you'd need to warn against tax evasion at this giant refinery...

It never occurred to me that you'd need to warn against tax evasion at this giant refinery...

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Almost rural here.....

Almost rural here.....

A weir, but from where?

A weir, but from where?

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Nice spot for a mooring??

Nice spot for a mooring??

Sandstone cliffs

Sandstone cliffs

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Buffalo on her way down the canal

Buffalo on her way down the canal

One of the many markers along the canal - invaluable for navigation....

One of the many markers along the canal - invaluable for navigation....

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Blue looking for rabbits

Blue looking for rabbits

Distant bridge - shame that you don't get a view of the Mersey from this part of the MSC

Distant bridge - shame that you don't get a view of the Mersey from this part of the MSC

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Broad vistas

Broad flat vistas

Ane the hills we left behind....

And the hills we left behind....

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Lou taking an interest...

Lou taking an interest...

Abandoned lock gates - come on narrowboaters, that timber will kee you warm all winter!

Abandoned lock gates - come on narrowboaters, that timber will keep you warm all winter!

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They've spotted something...

They've spotted something...

Do we need a bit of diesel??

Do we need a bit of diesel??

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Sheep on the left bank...

Sheep on the left bank...

Lou loves Ken - he's very cuddly....

Lou loves Ken - he's very cuddly....

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Approaching Weston Marsh - the green and red buoys int he distance mark the channel to the lock

Approaching Weston Marsh - the green and red buoys in the distance mark the channel to the lock

Marker 130 - when you see this you know you're near the turn for Weston Marsh lock

Marker 130 - when you see this you know you're near the turn for Weston Marsh lock

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The wooden buoy and jetty to the right of the approach to Weston Marsh lock

The wooden buoy and jetty to the right of the approach to Weston Marsh lock

Looking back across Weston Marsh - what looks like a black wall in the distance are the Weaver sluices

Looking back across Weston Marsh - what looks like a black wall in the distance are the Weaver sluices

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Bit choppy.....

Bit choppy.....

The pilings to the left of Weston Marsh Lock - don't try to moor there for the lock - it's shallow apparently)

The pilings to the left of Weston Marsh Lock - don't try to moor there for the lock - it's shallow apparently)

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Bye bye MSC....

Bye bye MSC....

4 Responses to “Photoblog: Manchester Ship Canal”

  1. Denise Jones said

    It looks very very scary to me – it looked bad enough on the River program with Griff Rhys Jones.

  2. indigodream said

    Hi Denise – I wish I’d seen his programme, or maybe not! Wasn’t he in a canoe? It’s much less scary when you’ve got a big engine….

  3. Lesley K said

    I can’t make up my mind as to whether you pair are brave bunnies or simply nuts! I think I am leaning to wards the latter view though…
    Lesley

  4. indigodream said

    Speaking for myself Lesley, I’m a total cowardy custard – left to myself I’d never take a risk, ever. Oh, I’ve just realised which category that leaves me in……
    Sue

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