Saturday, October 30, 2010

Caledonian Canal Opened

From The Edinburgh Annual Register, volume 18, as prepared by Sir Walter Scott:

CALEDONIAN CANAL.


Substance of the Twenty-second Report of the Commissioners appointed for carrying into Execution the purposes of an Act, passed in the 43d year of the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, intituled, "An Act for granting to his Majesty the sum of Twenty Thousand Pounds, towards defraying the Expense of making an Inland Navigation from the Eastern to the Western Sea, by Inverness and Fort William, and for taking the necessary steps towards executing the same;"—and also for the purposes of an Act, passed in the 44th year of his said late Majesty, intituled, " An Act for making further Provision for making and maintaining an Inland Navigation, commonly called the Caledonian Canal, from the Eastern to the Western Sea, by Inverness and Fort William, in Scotland."
 
The Caledonian Canal was built by engineer Thomas Telford, and opened on October 30, 1822.

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