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Telford, Thomas; Nicholls, Captain George
Ship canal for the junction of the English and Bristol Channels : with plans annexed / reports of Mr. Telford and Captain Nicholls.
Printed for S. Brooke, London, 1824. Very Rare: first edition: Published, by order, at the general meeting of subscribers. 41 pages, appendix; engraved folding map with proposed route of canal and 2 folding plans, some light creasing, text and plans very clean. The covers are contemporary dark green straight-grain morocco, gilt, some rubs to extremities, folio, Very good indeed. An ambitious plan to link the Bristol and English channels thereby dispensing of longer journeys around the coast. A bill was passed allowing the building of what was to be called the 'English and Bristol Channels Ship Canal', which would run from Stolford on the Bristol side to Beer, near Seaton on the other. It was to be 44 miles long with 60 locks and be able to carry ships up to 200 tonnes. Thomas Telford the highly successful Thomas Telford who had recently engineered the huge Caledonian Canal in Scotland. He proposed a route similar to Rennie's original survey but his proposal called for a much wider and straighter route as canal construction methods had much improved since Rennie's survey. Sadly, the company were unable to raise funds for the project. Although nothing was done at this stage it was Telford's ideas which made up the bulk of the final proposed route a few years later. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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