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NS4573 :: Upper canal basin, Bowling

Taken 2 years ago by Richard Sutcliffe near Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Upper canal basin, Bowling by Richard Sutcliffe
Upper canal basin, Bowling

The basin on the Forth and Clyde Canal is Category B listed LinkExternal link. It was built about 1896 at the time when the former Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway was constructed, which crossed the canal by a swing bridge (far left).
Forth and Clyde Canal
The Forth and Clyde Canal links Bowling on the Firth of Clyde with Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. It allowed goods to be transported between the east and west coasts, and to be exported from Glasgow to Europe or from Edinburgh to America, without taking the hazardous route round the north of Scotland or the longer route via the English Channel. It is 56 kilometres (35 miles) long and has 39 locks, and the highest point is 47 metres (155 feet) above sea level. Originally there were 33 drawbridges, ten large aqueducts and 33 smaller ones. It was designed by the engineer John Smeaton and opened in 1790, after over 20 years of planning and construction. With time seagoing vessels became too large to pass through the locks, and competition from the railways in the 19th century led to it being more or less disused, and it was closed in 1963. However it was reopened as a Millennium project in 2001, and linked to the Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel.
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Subject Grid Square NS4573
Subject Lat/Long 55.930100,-4.480010 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Photographer Richard Sutcliffe
Taken 20200229 202002 2020 (about 2 years ago)
Submitted 2020-03-02
Snippet Forth and Clyde Canal ·
Context Canals · Docks, Harbours ·
Subject canal basin ·
Tag moored boats ·
Group Forth Clyde Canal at Bowling Basin · Swing Bridge · Upper ·

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