Latchford Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal from the air
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aerial photograph of Latchford Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal at Warrington Cheshire UK . The Manchester Ship Canal is one of the greatest engineering feats of the Victorian age. It is 36 miles long and connects Manchester to the sea. Opened in 1894, construction took six years , cost £15 million and involved building numerous locks of which Latchford Lock is one. The ship canal allowed Manchester to become Britain's third biggest port and was busy until containerisation appeared in the 1970s, after which the canal was too small for modern container ships. More recently there are plans to rejuvenate the canal as part of the Atlantic Gateway project which will involve building Port Salford, a new container base along the canal near Trafford Park.