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TITLE
Neptune's Staircase, Banavie
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_39_P231C
PLACENAME
Banavie
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmallie
DATE OF IMAGE
1898
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30784
KEYWORDS
canals
Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

The Caledonian Canal was built by the engineer Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822. Costing almost £1 million, it passed through the Great Glen from Loch Eil to the Beauly Firth, Inverness-shire.

The series of 29 locks at Banavie were known as 'Neptune's Staircase' as they were built in a ladder formation. The ships had to be raised a vertical height of over 18 metres in a distance of 450 metres. As the canal is very narrow at this part there were often bottle-necks as only one ship at a time could pass through.

The photograph is from 'Loyal Lochaber. Historical Genealogical and Traditionary' by W Drummond Norie, Glasgow, 1898.

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Neptune's Staircase, Banavie

INVERNESS: Kilmallie

1890s

canals

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (photographs)

The Caledonian Canal was built by the engineer Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822. Costing almost £1 million, it passed through the Great Glen from Loch Eil to the Beauly Firth, Inverness-shire.<br /> <br /> The series of 29 locks at Banavie were known as 'Neptune's Staircase' as they were built in a ladder formation. The ships had to be raised a vertical height of over 18 metres in a distance of 450 metres. As the canal is very narrow at this part there were often bottle-necks as only one ship at a time could pass through.<br /> <br /> The photograph is from 'Loyal Lochaber. Historical Genealogical and Traditionary' by W Drummond Norie, Glasgow, 1898.