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Manchester Ship Canal

waterway opened in 1894 linking Eastham, Merseyside, Eng., to the city of Manchester. The canal made Manchester accessible to large oceangoing vessels. It is 36 miles (58 km) long, 45-80 feet (14-24 m) wide, and varies in depth from 28 to 30 feet (about 9 m); it has five locks

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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