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he Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile (58 km) long river navigation in North West England. Designed to give the city of Manchester direct access to the sea, it was built between 1887 and 1894 at a cost of about £15 million (£1.27 billion as of 2011), and in its day was the largest navigation canal in the world. The canal generally follows the original route of the rivers Mersey and Irwell, and along its course uses several sets of locks. The canal is able to accommodate a range of vessels, from coastal ships to inter-continental cargo liners, but it is not large enough for all modern vessels. A railway was built to transport goods to and from the docks located alongside the canal. The canal is no longer considered to be an important shipping route, but it still carries about 6 million tons of freight each year.
Bridges Architecture Swing bridge in the foreground opened 1876 cost £240, 432 1s 7d. Designed by Armstrong, works by hydraulic power & swings open to let ships through:; Tyne bridge opened 1928 Designed Hay & Anderson built by Dorman Long. A prototype for Sidney Harbour Bridge:; High Level Bridge in background. opened 1849 Designed by Robert Stephenson (son of George). upper level takes railway, lower level for road traffic.
The underside of a structural arch on Bristol's Plimsoll Bridge, adjacent to Howard lock in Cumberland Basin. The bridge carries traffic over the River Avon and rotates through 90 degrees to let taller vessels pass.