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Corpach, Caledonian Canal. Corpach entrance; lock-keepers' houses, store-house and engine-house.

SC 746272

Description Corpach, Caledonian Canal. Corpach entrance; lock-keepers' houses, store-house and engine-house.

Date c. 1890

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number SC 746272

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of IN 887

Scope and Content Corpach Pier, Caledonian Canal, Highland Corpach Pier, dwarfed by the bulk of Ben Nevis in the background, stands at the south-west end of the Caledonian Canal at its entrance to Loch Linnhe. The pier was photographed c.1890 by the Victorian photographer, Erskine Beveridge. The pier, constructed of sturdy wooden piles which stand high above the water, was built in 1804-6 for the ships entering the canal at Loch Linnhe. Passengers could alight here, and be transported by road to Banavie for the next stage of the journey to Inverness. The tall, four-storeyed engine house (centre), dating from the construction of the locks built at south-west end of the canal in 1804-6, was later converted into accommodation for the lock-keepers and into store-rooms. It was demolished in 1968. The Caledonian Canal, a remarkable feat of engineering by Thomas Telford, runs across Scotland from Loch Linnhe near Fort William in the south-west to the Beauly Firth at Inverness in the north-east. It crosses the length of the Great Glen, a geological fault that naturally divides the country. Telford surveyed the line of the canal in 1801, and work started in 1802. The total length is 97km, of which only 35km are constructed canal, the rest being made up of the long, thin lochs that line the valley floor. Telford constructed a total of 28 locks, the most famous being a series of eight known as 'Neptune's Staircase' that marks the south-west end of the canal at its entrance to Loch Linnhe. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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Collection Level (551 59) Papers of Erskine Beveridge, antiquarian, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland

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