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River Weaver Locks
Locks and Wiers on the River Weaver
The locks on the river are manned by British Waterways lock keepers. The locks themselves are paired, with two lock chambers side-by-side, and in most cases the larger lock also has intermediate gates, so that the original salt ships of varying lengths could be accommodated, without undue waste of water. The maximum size of the locks is 196 by 35 feet (60 m × 11 m) above the Anderton boat lift, and we have found out 213 by 37 feet (65 m × 11 m) below the lift.
The lock at Weston Point Docks is slightly narrower, at 213 by 36 feet (65 m × 11 m). The boat lift was designed for canal craft only, and so can hold vessels up to 72 by 14 feet (22 m × 4.3 m) with a draught of 4 feet (1.2 m).
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