A boat goes through the Hiram M Chittendon Locks which connect Puget Sound with Washington Lake: one of the few locks separating salt water from fresh. The locks are also some of the largest in the world.
The complex at Ellesmere Port is vast, so it’s difficult to provide an all encompassing scene to give you a real overview of the place. However, whilst this picture is just a portion of what’s on offer, it does show a number of the key elements which shows you why this is such a good place for a canal museum.
- Canals which still work
- Canals with locks
- Basin areas and moorings
- Lots of brightly painted boats
- Typical canal art
- Working boats and lots more requiring restoration and depicting a good cross-section of the kind of boats which worked the canals
- A huge complex of different building which were used during the heyday of canals
- Volunteers getting stuck in!