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TITLE
Crinan Canal
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMSTRACHAN_009
PLACENAME
Crinan Canal
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL
CREATOR
JM Strachan
SOURCE
J I R Martin
ASSET ID
28865
KEYWORDS
canals
waterways
transport
boats
Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was designed to link the west coast and islands to the Clyde estuary avoiding the long trip around the south tip of the Kintyre peninsula. Work was started on the canal in 1794 under the engineer John Rennie. It opened in 1801, two years late, over budget and poorly finished. Numerous problems led to Thomas Telford being asked to redesign parts of the canal in 1816. There are 15 locks along its nine-mile length and the canal reaches a height of 65ft above sea level. Because it is open to the sea at both ends the canal is subject to tides and water loss can be considerable. To ensure the canal doesn't run dry as it gets higher it is fed by seven reservoirs.

The Crinan Canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962 and between 2000 and 3000 vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use it each year.

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Crinan Canal

ARGYLL

canals; waterways; transport; boats

J I R Martin

The Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was designed to link the west coast and islands to the Clyde estuary avoiding the long trip around the south tip of the Kintyre peninsula. Work was started on the canal in 1794 under the engineer John Rennie. It opened in 1801, two years late, over budget and poorly finished. Numerous problems led to Thomas Telford being asked to redesign parts of the canal in 1816. There are 15 locks along its nine-mile length and the canal reaches a height of 65ft above sea level. Because it is open to the sea at both ends the canal is subject to tides and water loss can be considerable. To ensure the canal doesn't run dry as it gets higher it is fed by seven reservoirs. <br /> <br /> The Crinan Canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962 and between 2000 and 3000 vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use it each year.