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14-06-2013 : CHINESE COMPANY TO BUILD CANAL TO LINK ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS

The Nicaraguan Congress has approved a proposal to have a canal built linking the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.

A Hong Kong based company has been granted a 50 year concession to build the waterway, which will rival the Panama Canal.

Nicaraguan leaders have for centuries dreamt of building a canal linking its Caribbean coast to the Pacific and President Daniel Ortega says the project will bring prosperity.

Like the proposed canal, the canals that we are familiar with in the UK were, in their day, a huge feat of engineering genius.

Construction of the canals were carried out by gangs of men known as navigators, or navvies and life was hard as the most of the work was done by hand.

Most of the canal networks were built during the 18th and early 19th century and these are what remain for us to enjoy today.

Josiah Wedgwood ,the famous pottery owner, was an industrialist who saw the advantage of using Canal Boats to bring bulk quantities of raw material straight to the factory door.

Famous engineers such as Thomas Telford lay claim to the magnificent tunnels, aqueducts and structures still seen on the canals today.

There are also many wonderful sights and spectacular constructions that you may encounter on a Canal Boat Holiday.

On the Llangollen Canal you may cross over The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which has a span of 1000 feet over the Dee Valley and towers at over 125 feet high.

This awe inspiring feat of engineering is now classified as a World Heritage Site putting it on a par with the Great Barrier Reef and the Statue of Liberty.

The recently restored Anderton Boat Lift is situated on the banks of The River Weaver and this 60 feet high hydraulic lift system transports Narrow Boats from the Trent And Mersey Canal to The River Weaver.

At over 3 miles long The Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is the longest tunnel on the canal system.

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