After promising myself for a long time that one day I would take a cruise down the Manchester Ship Canal from Salford to Liverpool, finally on Thursday 24th of September 2009 I got my chance. Setting off from Salford Quays at 09:30am, the 6 hour cruise passed through the four locks which lowered the ship down to sea level, and also under a great many bridges, many of which were very impressive swing bridge designs going back to the construction of the 36 mile long canal, which opened in 1893. Definitely well worth a visit if you ever get the chance, these run twice weekly during the Summer months and you can also sail it in the other direction too if you prefer. Full details of the cruise programme can be found here:
The ferry in use that day was the Mersey ferry 'Snowdrop', and after spending almost all of the whole six hours of the trip dashing about between the bow and stern photographing just about everything in sight, I will have to do this again one day without the camera so I can see all the other things I missed! :-)
NOTE# This collection originally appeared in my old Fotopic Gallery, but when that went bust I lost all of the photo caption information, so I can't include the names of all the various bridges and locks now as I can't recall which was which (thankfully some of the bridges have the names painted on them). My apologies for this.