Shropshire Union Canal (Dee Branch)
The Shropshire Union Canal (Dee Branch) is a broad canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal. It runs for ¾ furlongs through 4 locks from River Dee Branch Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Wirral Line - Main Line) and the Shropshire Union Canal (Chester Canal - Bunbury to Chester)) to River Dee Junction (where it joins the River Dee).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 8 feet. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 10 inches.
Notable features of the waterway include: Dee Locks
This waterway is excluded by default from route planning with the following explanation: "closed until further notice"The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Travels:
- Cruising the Llangollen Canal (with one eye on its history)
- Cruising the Shropshire Union Canal (with one eye on its history)
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 32M - Shropshire Union Canal Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
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|River Dee Branch Junction
Junction with the Shropshire Union (Chester Canal) and the River Dee Branch
|Dee Branch Locks - Top Lock||a few yards||0 locks|
|Dee Branch Top Lock Footbridge||a few yards||1 lock|
|¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Dee Branch Locks - Middle Lock||¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|South View Road Bridge
The bridge sits astride the middle lock.
|¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Former Route to River Dee (Dee Branch)||½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Old Port Square Lift Bridge||½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Dee Branch Locks - Bottom Lock||½ furlongs||2 locks|
|New Crane Street Bridge No 127||¾ furlongs||3 locks|
|River Dee Lock||¾ furlongs||3 locks|
|River Dee Junction||¾ furlongs||4 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union ("SU") system and lie partially in Wales.
The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.
The "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.
The SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.
The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.