CanalPlanAC's collection of notable dates in waterways history


first of January

1773: Runcorn Locks opened from the River Mersey to the Bridgewater Canal Edit

1894: the Manchester Ship Canal opened  Edit

1912: British Explorer Robert Scott reached the South Pole Edit

1929: the Grand Union Canal was formed Edit

1932: the Leicester, Loughborough and Erewash navigations joined the Grand Union Edit

1948: the Board of Trade took over the waterways on nationalisation Edit

1964: the Dudley Canal Tunnel Preservation Society was formed Edit


2000: xxx, xxx, was born Edit

second of January

1905: the New Junction Canal was completed Edit

third of January

1768: Construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal started Edit

1795: Josia Wedgwood, promotor of several early canals, died Edit

sixth of January

1629: Cornelius Vermuyden was knighted in recognition of his work in drainage and navigation Edit

tenth of January

1839: Tea from India first arrives in UK Edit

sixteenth of January

1775: The Chester Canal opened from Chester to Huxley Aqueduct Edit

eighteenth of January

1819: James Barnes, Resident Engineer to the Grand Junction Canal, died Edit

nineteenth of January

1826: A llama, a kangaroo, a four horned ram and a female goat with two kids arrived in Derby by canal Edit

twenty third of January

1745: William Jessop, Engineer of many canals including the Irish Grand Canal, The Rochdale and the Grand Junction, was born Edit

twenty fourth of January

1991: Springer Engineering Ltd went into voluntary liquidation Edit

twenty fifth of January

1979: the Great Ouse Restoration Society met for the last time - its work was complete Edit

twenty seventh of January

1811: the new Wolverton Aqueduct opened  Edit

twenty eighth of January

1767: the first meeting to promote the Birmingham Canal took place Edit

twenty ninth of January

1766: a public meeting to promote the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal took place in Wolverhampton Edit

1768: The Act for the Coventry Canal was obtained Edit

thirty first of January

1785: The first vessel entered the newly completed Walbridge Lock at the start of the Thames & Severn Canal's construction. opened The canal was open as far as Chalford.  Edit

1854: the lease for the Runcorn Ferry was granted to Gilbert Greenall (the previous incumbent having been sacked for drunkenness) Edit


sixth of February

1987: Black Prince Narrowboats Ltd went into receivership Edit

tenth of February

1794: the Glamorganshire Canal opened  Edit

fifteenth of February

1946: the inaugural meeting of the IWA took place Edit

eighteenth of February

1766: The bill for the Trent and Mersey Canal was presented to parliament Edit

1774: The first boat passed through the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Lancashire Edit

1808: Wolverton Aqueduct collapsed Edit

1989: Lock 1 on the Chesterfield Canal at Tapton reopened  Edit

nineteenth of February

1816: Baswich, or St Thomas, Lock opened joining the Staffs and Worcs to the River Sow and hence to Stafford Edit

twentieth of February

1951: the founding, and first meeting, of the Great Ouse Restoration Association took place Edit

twenty first of February

1794: the River Line of the Leicester Navigation opened from Loughborough to Leicester Edit

twenty fourth of February

1768: The Act for the Birmingham Canal was obtained Edit

1988: North Yorkshire County Council agreed to provide a high level bridge on the Ripon bypass, thereby permitting reopening of the Ripon Canal to the terminal basin Edit

twenty fifth of February

1989: A milepost in memory of Graham Palmer,founder of WRG, was unveiled on the Montgomery Canal Edit

twenty sixth of February

1981: Robert Aickman, founder of the IWA, died Edit


first of March

1917: canals were placed under the control of the Canal Committee of the Board of Trade as part of the war effort Edit

1949: the Basingstoke Canal was sold at auction for 6000 pounds Edit

second of March

1835: the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal opened (now part of the SU main line) Edit

sixth of March

1792: a new, realigned, junction at Tipton opened  Edit

eighth of March

1988: Maryhill Locks reopened on the Forth and Clyde Canal Edit

eleventh of March

1895: Runcorn Ferry reopened after being out of operation for four years Edit

thirteenth of March

1776: William "strata" Smith, engineer of the Somerset Coal Canal and known as "The Father of British Geology", was born Edit

2002: The first public meeting of the Friends of the Cromford Canal took place Edit

fifteenth of March

1988: the Broads Act received the Royal Assent Edit

nineteenth of March

1988: the River Aire at Lemonroyd breached into St Aiden's opencase coal mine Edit

twenty first of March

1776: the Bridgewater Canal extension to Runcorn opened  Edit

1988: Jim Yates, the last of the Yates Brothers - boat builders of Norton Canes, died Edit

1993: Michael Streat, pioneerof pleasure boat operation, died Edit

twenty second of March

1797: The Act for the Leek Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal was obtained Edit

1993: Limehouse Cut was reopened after a three and a half year stoppage to build a road Edit

twenty third of March

1759: The Act for the Bridgewater Canal from Worsley to Salford was obtained Edit

twenty fourth of March

1762: The Act for the Bridgewater Canal to Runcorn was obtained Edit

twenty fifth of March

1805: Blisworth Tunnel opened  Edit

1892: Construction of Richmond half-tide barrier started Edit

twenty sixth of March

2002: the Anderton Lift reopened  Edit

2005: Bugsworth Basin reopened  Edit

twenty eighth of March

1794: The Act for the Peak Forest Canal was obtained Edit

twenty ninth of March

1797: the Hudderfield Narrow Canal opened between Huddersfield and Slaithwaite Edit

1798: the Hereford and Gloucester Canal opened from Gloucester to Ledbury Edit

thirtieth of March

1778: the Oxford Canal opened as far south as Banbury Edit


first of April

1772: The Act for the Chester Canal was obtained Edit

1988: the Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks opened to the public opened  Edit

1988: the Southern Stratford on Avon Canal was transferred from the National Trust to British Waterways Edit

1989: the Norfolk Broads became a National Partk Edit

second of April

1513: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.  Edit

1776: The Act for the Stourbridge Canal was obtained Edit

1776: The Act for the Dudley Canal was obtained Edit

fourth of April

1794: The Act for the Rochdale Canal was obtained Edit

1794: The Act for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was obtained Edit

1811: the Huddersfield Narrow Canal opened  Edit

2003: Aston Locks on the Montgomery Canal reopened  Edit

sixth of April

1790: the new summit of the Birmingham Canal opened  Edit

1991: Lady de Freitas reopened Welshes Dam Lock Edit

seventh of April

1797: the Old Union Canal opened from Leicester to Debdale Edit

1990: Jess Owen, traditional narrow boat painter, died Edit

2000: the Union Canal reopened from Linlithgow to Hermiston Edit

fifteenth of April

1777: The Oxford and the Coventry Canals joined at Longford Edit

seventeenth of April

1783: Bill given Royal Assent for the construction of the Thames & Severn Canal Edit

nineteenth of April

1980: the Huddersfield Canal Society was formed Edit

1989: a petition bearing 12109 signatures was handed in at the Welsh Office to protest at the decision of Peter Walker (the Secretary of State for Wales) not to allow local authorities to apply for EC funding for canal restoration. He was "unavailable" to receive the petition Edit

twentieth of April

1789: The first boat passed through the newly opened Sapperton Tunnel on the Thames & Severn Canal. Edit

twenty first of April

1973: Parkhead Locks and Dudley Tunnel after restoration opened  Edit

twenty second of April

1789: The first four coal barges arrived in the Port of Cirencester from the R. Severn  Edit

1986: the James Brindley Public House opened by Gas Street Basin Edit

2005: David Hutchings, leader of the Stratford Canal and Upper Avon restoration schemes in the 1960s and 1970s, and widely regarded as the founder of the voluntary waterway restoration movement, died Edit

twenty third of April

1796: the first boat - the brig Fortunes Increase sailed into Heybridge Basin on the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal Edit

twenty fifth of April

1990: a new tunnel from Castle Mill Basin to the Singing Cavern at Dudley opened  Edit

twenty sixth of April

1827: the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal opened  Edit

1986: a rally was held at Chadderton, Oldham, to protest against plans to pipe the Rochdale Canal under the M66 extension Edit

twenty eighth of April

1978: Castle Mill Lock reopened , the last lock to be restored on the Great Ouse Edit

twenty ninth of April

1990: Tapton Lock (also known as Ford Lane Lock) reopened on the Chesterfield Canal Edit

thirtieth of April

1793: The Act for the Leicester and Northampton Union (The Old Union) Canal was obtained Edit

1793: The Act for the Grand Junction Canal was obtained Edit

1989: the last of the 44 lock nameboards put up by the Staffs and Worcs Canal Society was unveilved Edit


first of May

1800: the Peak Forest Canal opened with the exception of Marple Locks Edit

1801: the Buckingham Branch of the Grand Junction Canal opened  Edit

1815: the Northampton Branch of the Grand Junction Canal opened  Edit

2001: the Hudderfield Narrow Canal was reopened throughout Edit

fourth of May

1963: the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne opened  Edit

sixth of May

1994: Opening of the Channel Tunnel Edit

seventh of May

1793: The Act for the Oakham Canal was obtained Edit

eighth of May

1976: Great Barford and Willington Locks on the Great Ouse reopened  Edit

ninth of May

1874: Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939), an English archaeologist and Egyptologist known for co-discovering the tomb of 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun., was born Edit

tenth of May

1991: the Duke of Kent reopened the Basingstoke Canal Edit

eleventh of May

1911: the last trip across the Thames and Severn Canal took place Edit

thirteenth of May

1791: The Act for the Leicester Navigation was obtained Edit

1791: The Act for the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal was obtained Edit

1974: Ashton and Peak Forest Canals reopened Dennis Howell MP, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, sailed up from Manchester on cruiser Telford and cut the ribbon across Lock 2 at Vesta Street, Ancoats Edit

1990: the Stop House at Braunston reopened after renovation Edit

fourteenth of May

1726: The Act for improvements to the River Don was obtained Edit

1766: The Act for the Trent and Mersey Canal was obtained Edit

1766: The Act for the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal was obtained Edit

sixteenth of May

1967: the Grand Union Canal Society was formed Edit

seventeenth of May

1963: Cardington Lock on the Great Ouse reopened  Edit

eighteenth of May

1815: James Francis, engineer of the Great Western Canal Co and Chief Engineer of the US Merrimack River Navigation), was born Edit

1986: the Llangollen Canal was reopened from Trevor to Llangollen after a 15 month stoppage resulting from a breach Edit

nineteenth of May

1894: Richmond half-tide barrier was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York Edit

twentieth of May

1947: the Battle of Lifford Lane took place Edit

1989: the reconstructed lock at Limehouse opened Edit

twenty second of May

1845: the Hereford and Gloucester Canal opened  Edit

1845: Construction of the Hereford and Gloucester Canal from Ledbury to Hereford started Edit

twenty fourth of May

1768: Construction of the Coventry Canal started Edit

1810: The Act for the Grand Union Canal (now known as the Old Union) was obtained Edit

twenty sixth of May

2001: the Forth and Cylde Canal reopened  Edit

twenty eighth of May

1772: the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal opened  Edit

1800: the Grand Junction Canal opened from Tring Summit to Fenny Stratford Edit

twenty ninth of May

1905: Runcorn Transporter Bridge opened by Sir John Brunner Edit

1993: Springfield Lock on the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal reopened  Edit

2002: Bilby Lane Bridge on the Chesterfield Canal reopened  Edit

thirtieth of May

1793: A meeting was held at the George Inn, Huddersfield, to promote the Huddersfield Narrow Canal Edit

2001: Station Road Bridge, Brimington, on the Chesterfield Canal reopened  Edit

thirty first of May

1805: the Aberdeenshire Canal opened  Edit

2002: Hanbury Locks on the Droitwich Canal reopened  Edit


first of June

1778: Dudley Tunnel opened as far as Tipton Colliery Edit

second of June

1829: Ashwood Basin, on the Staffs and Worcs opened  Edit

sixth of June

1797: The Act for the Caldon Canal extension from Froghall to Uttoxeter was obtained Edit

1797: The Act for the Burslem Branch of the Trent and Mersey Canal was obtained Edit

1944: Allied forces captured Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal as part of the D-Day landings Edit

seventh of June

1761: John Rennie, canal engineer, was born Edit

eighth of June

1887: the contract for constructing the Manchester Ship Canal was signed Edit

tenth of June

1808: a temporary wooden aqueduct at Wolverton opened  Edit

eleventh of June

1792: The Act for the Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham Canal was obtained Edit

twelfth of June

1976: Sonia Rolt opened the first stage of the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum (in the former tollhouse) Edit

thirteenth of June

1769: Wedgewood's Etruria works opened "Artes Etruria renascunter" Edit

fifteenth of June

1990: a culvert under the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal collapsed, closing the canal Edit

2001: the first sod was cut at Turnerwood to start work on the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal from Shireoaks to Norwood Edit

seventeenth of June

1814: The Act for the Newport Pagnall Canal was obtained Edit

1839: Christina Collins was murdered by boatmen on the Trent and Mersey Canal Edit

nineteenth of June

1988: the Royal Canal (Ireland) between Leixlip and Maynooth was officially reopened Edit

twentieth of June

1782: the Oxford, Coventry, Trent and Mersey and Birmingham and Fazeley Canals met at Coleshill to agree the plan whereby the T&M and B&F would complete the Coventry's from Fazeley to Fradley if the Oxford would complete their canal to Oxford and the Coventry extend to Fazeley Edit

1993: Jack Monk, one of the last working boatmen, died Edit

twenty first of June

1796: the Grand Junction Canal opened from Braunston to Weedon Edit

1796: Braunston Tunnel opened  Edit

twenty fourth of June

1770: the Trent and Mersey Canal opened from Derwent Mouth to Shugborough Edit

1817: the Tavistock Canal opened  Edit

twenty sixth of June

1900: the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Poolstock breached Edit

2003: the Chesterfield canal to Norwood Tunnel reopened  Edit

twenty seventh of June

1771: the Droitwich Canal opened  Edit

thirtieth of June

1881: the Hereford and Gloucester Canal was closed from Ledbury to Gloucester Edit


first of July

1876: the Grand Junction Canal Company stopped carrying Edit

2002: the Rochdale Canal reopened by John Craven Edit

2011: The Droitwich Canals reopened by Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA Edit

second of July

1789: the temporary lower summit (just above current old main line summit) of the Birmingham Canal opened  Edit

third of July

2001: a formal partnership of the Cotswold Canal Trust, BW and local councils to restore the Cotswold Canals was announced Edit

fifth of July

1976: Manpower Services Commission funded work on the Rochdale Canal, in Rochdale, started Edit

seventh of July

2001: the first boats passed through the lock at Denver linking the Flood Relief Channel to the navigable waterways Edit

eighth of July

1925: King George V travelled from Widnes to Runcorn on the Transporter Bridge Edit

tenth of July

1801: the Paddington Branch of the Grand Junction Canal opened  Edit

1900: Foxton Inclined Plane opened  Edit

1900: The Act for the Runcorn to Widnes Transporter Bridge was obtained Edit

eleventh of July

1964: The Stratford Canal was re-opened by the Queen Mother Edit

1964: The Stratford canal was reopened by the Queen Mother reopened  Edit

twelfth of July

1989: the Grand Western Canal Trust was formally constituted Edit

thirteenth of July

1790: the Coventry Canal opened from Atherstone to Fazeley Edit

1976: Rose Skinner, Last of the Number Ones and one of the last people to carry freight on barges on the Oxford Canal, died Edit

fourteenth of July

1950: LTC Rolt resigned from the IWA committee Edit

fifteenth of July

1773: The Act for the Chelmer and Blackwater Canal was obtained Edit

sixteenth of July

2005: Haybarn Swingbridge on the Wey and Arun Canal opened by Francis Maude MP Edit

seventeenth of July

1818: Construction of Sharpness Docks started Edit

1893: the Manchester Ship Canal opened as far as Runcorn Old Quay Edit

2001: a new lock at Denver opened linking the Relief Channel to the waterway network Edit

eighteenth of July

1768: an attempt was made to raise funds for Brindley's plan for a canal bridge from Runcorn to Widnes Edit

nineteenth of July

1988: Graham Palmer, founder of wrg, died Edit

twentieth of July

1792: a public meeting at the Bull Inn in Stoney Stratford took place to promote the Grand Junction Canal Edit

twenty first of July

1845: The Hudderfield Narrow Canal amalgamated iwth the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway Edit

twenty third of July

2005: Froghall Basin and the first lock of the Uttoxeter Canal were reopened by Charlotte Atkins MP Edit

twenty fourth of July

1760: Barton Aqueduct opened  Edit

twenty fifth of July

1795: Construction of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct started Edit

1805: Passage of wide boats through Braunston and Blissworth Tunnels Edit

twenty sixth of July

1766: the first sod of the Trent and Mersey Canal was cut, by Josiah Wedgwood, at Brownhills Edit

1956: Colonel Nasser, president of Egypt, announces nationalisation of the Suez Canal Edit

2005: a new link bridge at Ellesmere Port was opened by Ken Dodd Edit

thirtieth of July

1818: a packet boat with a pleasure party aboard sank in the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal at Withins Bridge Edit

thirty first of July

2000: Brian Young, founding chairman of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, died Edit


first of August

1820: the Regents Canal opened  Edit

fifth of August

1909: Charles Hadfield, canal historian, was born Edit

1988: the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles Edit

sixth of August

1994: Charles Hadfield, canal historian, died Edit

2012: 67 years since Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 Edit

eighth of August

1990: the Kennet and Avon Canal was officially reopened, by the HM Queen Elizabeth II at Devizes Edit

ninth of August

1757: Thomas Telford, canal engineer, was born Edit

1814: the Old Union Canal opened  Edit

tenth of August

1769: the first load of coal was carried from Bedford to Coventry Edit

eleventh of August

1790: the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal opened  Edit

1945: the first meeting of LTC Rolt and Robert Aickman took place at Tardebigge Edit

twelfth of August

1972: the new lock at Roxton on the Great Ouse was opened by the Duke of Bedford Edit

thirteenth of August

1810: Construction of the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Junction Canal started Edit

fourteenth of August

1620: the Court of Sewers for the counties of Nottinghamshire, Linconshire and Yorkshire was established by Royal Warrant to settle drainage and navigation disputes Edit

fifteenth of August

2000: the first boat entered the new Barton Turns Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal Edit

eighteenth of August

1770: a meeting took place to promote a canal from Walsall to Fradley Edit

twenty second of August

1836: the Croydon Canal was closed  Edit

1972: the fitting of a new top gate to Engine Lock marked the start of official restoration of the Caldon Canal Edit

1984: Blisworth Tunnel reopened after extensive repairs Edit

twenty fifth of August

2001: the Union Canal through Wester Hailes, Edinburgh reopened  Edit

twenty sixth of August

1805: the original Wolverton Aqueduct opened  Edit

twenty eighth of August

1839: William "strata" Smith, engineer of the Somerset Coal Canal and known as "The Father of British Geology", died Edit

thirtieth of August

2006: the new junction of the Wilts and Berks and the Thames at Abingdon opened by the Mayor of Abingdon and a Councilor from Sutton Courtenay who jointly cut the ribbon from the bow of nb Jubilee Edit

thirty first of August

1920: canals reverted to private control after the First World War Edit


first of September

1833: the Wardle Green section of the Trent and Mersey opened  Edit

second of September

1991: the British Waterways Maintenance Yard at Wigan was closed  Edit

third of September

1811: the Caldon Canal extension from Froghall to Uttoxeter opened  Edit

eighth of September

1864: the Newport Pagnall Canal was closed  Edit

ninth of September

1809: the foundation stone for the new Wolverton Aqueduct was laid Edit

fourteenth of September

2001: a new Bridge 14 on the Leicester Section opened  Edit

eighteenth of September

1829: the Large Dock at Runcorn opened taking ships up to 32ft wide Edit

1885: James Francis, engineer of the Great Western Canal Co and Chief Engineer of the US Merrimack River Navigation, died Edit

nineteenth of September

2001: the lock at Denver, connecting the Flood Relief Channel to the waterways network, opened by Lord Whitty Edit

twentieth of September

2001: Drungewich Bridge on the Wey and Arun Canal was reopened by Sir Neil Cossons, having closed in 1903 Edit

twenty first of September

1772: the Birmingham Canal joined the Staffs and Worcs at Aldersley Edit

twenty second of September

1968: Lesley Morton, founder of Willow Wren, died Edit

twenty fourth of September

1955: the first boat passed through the restored Bedford Lock on the Great Ouse Edit

twenty sixth of September

1775: the Trent and Mersey Canal opened from the Trent to Middlewich Edit

twenty seventh of September

1772: James Brindley, engineer of many early canals, died Edit

twenty eighth of September

1974: the Caldon Canal was reopened at a ceremony at Cheddleton Wharf Edit

twenty ninth of September

1816: Wey and Arun Canal opened  Edit

1860: Coombswood Tube Works on the Dudley Canal reopened  Edit

2000: Over Basin on the Hereford and Gloucester Canal reopened  Edit


first of October

1812: Foxton Locks opened  Edit

second of October

1874: the Tilbury exploded under Macclesfield Bridge Edit

ninth of October

1833: William Praed, first Chairman of the Grand Junction Canal, died Edit

tenth of October

1850: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal opened  Edit

thirteenth of October

1809: the Old Union Canal opened as far as Market Harborough Edit

1810: the Paisley Canal opened  Edit

fifteenth of October

1792: Dudley Tunnel opened  Edit

1993: locks 13W to 17W of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Mossley reopened  Edit

sixteenth of October

2007: A breach closed the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Edit

eighteenth of October

1907: Norwood Tunnel on the Chesterfield Canal collapsed Edit

1974: Queen Elizabeth II took a 23 mile cruise on the River Thames, from Hurley to Runnymede Edit

nineteenth of October

2001: John Gagg, waterway journalist, died Edit

twenty second of October

1979: The decision to close Preston Docks and redevelop them was taken Edit

twenty fourth of October

1794: the Forest Line of the Leicester Navigation opened from Nanpantan to Thringstone Edit

1822: the Caledonian Canal opened  Edit

1962: the new Thames Lock at Brentford opened  Edit

twenty fifth of October

1768: a meeting to promote the Oxford Canal took place at the Three Tuns Inn, Banbury Edit

twenty sixth of October

1825: the Erie Canal opened  Edit

1951: Robert Aickman resigned as IWA Chairman Edit

twenty eighth of October

1792: John Smeaton, canal engineer, died Edit

1794: the first five miles (Leicester to Blaby) of the Old Union Canal opened  Edit

1839: the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal opened  Edit

thirtieth of October

1934: the Duke of Kent opened the widened Grand Union locks Edit

1981: Preston Docks was closed to commercial traffic Edit


second of November

2001: the Montgomery Canal reopened from Burgedin Locks to Arddleen Edit

third of November

1794: the Grand Junction canal opened from Brentford to Uxbridge Edit

sixth of November

1769: the Birmingham Canal opened from Paradise Street to Wednesbury Edit

1921: the last commercial cargo passed through Standedge Tunnel Edit

eighth of November

1987: the bottom lock on the Kyme Eau (Sleaford Navigation) reopened  Edit

ninth of November

1992: the Ridacre Branch of the BCN was closed to build the Black Country Spine Road Edit

tenth of November

1810: many drowned when a canal boat capsized in the Glasgow and Ardrossan canal Edit

eleventh of November

1887: the first sod of the Manchester Ship Canal was cut, by Lord Egerton, at the site of Eastham Lock. Edit

twelfth of November

1771: the Trent and Mersey Canal opened from the Trent to Stone Edit

2001: Whitwood Wharf (for aggregates) opened on the Aire and Calder at Wakefield Edit

2003: Edward Paget-Tomlinson, canal historian, died Edit

fourteenth of November

1789: The the newly cut Thames & Severn Canal joined the R. Thames at Inglesham, the whole broad canal, including Sapperton Tunnel (which had been constructed in just 6½ years), was born Edit

seventeenth of November

1869: the Suez Canal opened  Edit

1913: the Steamship Louise was the first through the Panama Canal Edit

1992: Mutford Lock between Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing reopened  Edit

eighteenth of November

1814: William Jessop, engineer of many later canals and pioneer of the use of iron, died Edit

2002: Dredger Hare became the first boat for nearly 70 years to reach Turnerwood on the Chesterfield Canal Edit

nineteenth of November

1789: The first laden vessel passed from the Thames & Severn Canal onto the R. Thames Edit

twenty first of November

2000: this planner was first announced by a posting to uk.rec.waterways Edit

twenty fourth of November

1989: The Welsh Office refused to allow local authorities to spend money on restoring the Montgomery Canal Edit

twenty sixth of November

1805: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct opened  Edit

1931: Rodolph Fane de Salis, last Chairman of the Grand Junction Canal, died Edit

2001: a new lock at Moira on the Ashby Canal opened  Edit

twenty ninth of November

1810: Black Moss reservoir (for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal) burst its banks; 6 people died Edit


second of December

1982: Rober Aickman Lock on the River Avon opened  Edit

third of December

1779: the Dudley and the Stourbridge Canals opened  Edit

seventh of December

1894: Ferdinad de Lesseps, engineer of the Suez Canal, died Edit

eighth of December

1765: James Brindley married Anne Henshall Edit

tenth of December

1810: The first boat passed through Foulridge Tunnel Edit

eleventh of December

2001: The Falkirk Wheel rotated for the first time Edit

thirteenth of December

2000: Construction of the Ribble Link started Edit

nineteenth of December

1854: The first steam screw propellor boat on the Lancaster Canal - the Dandy - took its firsts trip Edit

thirty first of December

1847: Pickfords stopped carrying Edit