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A Guide to the Anderton Boat Lift


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A Guide to the Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift opened in 1875, was the world’s first commercially successful boat lift. It lifted or lowered vessels by 50 feet between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal.  This is a guide book to the lift with a short history and the story of its restoration.

The Anderton Boat Lift is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering and has stood the test of time. It lifts boats up to 60 feet high in two large tanks known as caissons. These caissons are counterbalanced by water, which allows them to move up and down smoothly. The lift is operated by a hydraulic system that uses water to power the lift. The lift’s unique design allows boats to easily transfer from one waterway to another.

The Anderton Boat Lift is a tourist attraction and an important piece of history. It has been restored over the years, but the original design and engineering still remain. Visitors to the lift can take a guided tour, learn about its history, and experience its operation first-hand. The Anderton Boat Lift is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in engineering marvels or canal history.


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David Carden, Neil Parkhouse



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