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TITLE
Repairs to Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus
EXTERNAL ID
HC_INV_AERIAL_005
PLACENAME
Fort Augustus
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff
CREATOR
Alex Gillespie
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
13443
KEYWORDS
canals
Thomas Telford
waterways
Repairs to Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus

This aerial photograph shows repair work being undertaken on the Caledonian Canal Locks at Fort Augustus.

The Caledonian Canal connects Corpach, near Fort William to Clachnaharry, Inverness and is approximately 60 miles long. It was built wide enough in places to accommodate Royal Navy gun frigates during the Napoleonic Wars. Ships were able to avoid the stormy Pentland Firth and the French fleet. Much of the canal's length is taken up with existing lochs - Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are 29 locks in the canal including 'Neptune's Staircase', a series of 8 locks at Banavie. Designs for the canal were prepared as early as 1773 by James Watt but work was not begun until 1803 by which time the designers were Jessop and Telford. Partially opened in 1822, the canal was finally completed in 1843-47 at a cost, up to May 1849, of £1,311,270

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Repairs to Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus

INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff

canals; Thomas Telford; waterways

The Highland Council

Highland Council: Inverness Area (1990s)

This aerial photograph shows repair work being undertaken on the Caledonian Canal Locks at Fort Augustus. <br /> <br /> The Caledonian Canal connects Corpach, near Fort William to Clachnaharry, Inverness and is approximately 60 miles long. It was built wide enough in places to accommodate Royal Navy gun frigates during the Napoleonic Wars. Ships were able to avoid the stormy Pentland Firth and the French fleet. Much of the canal's length is taken up with existing lochs - Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are 29 locks in the canal including 'Neptune's Staircase', a series of 8 locks at Banavie. Designs for the canal were prepared as early as 1773 by James Watt but work was not begun until 1803 by which time the designers were Jessop and Telford. Partially opened in 1822, the canal was finally completed in 1843-47 at a cost, up to May 1849, of £1,311,270