A canal in Warrington, the county of Cheshire, England. Now think about this: (sorry that sounded bossy) Why do we study a country around its land masses and not the waterways? I am trying to be more aquatically minded here. The first canal in England was dug by a Derbyshire millwright to connect Worsley and Manchester, and the improved transport cut the price of coal in Manchester by half. Very nice on a chilly evening.
Within thirty years England and parts of eastern Wales were crossed with canals linking all of the major rivers; most of which survive today-some for commercial use and others for pleasure boating, tra-la-la. (As opposed to misery boating, I guess. You know where your companion complains endlessly and it rains on your soggy sandwiches and you lose a contact in the water not that this has ever happened to me) image by Tony Smith (LRPS) on flickr