"Firing into the Brown" #21 - More canals and stuff..
"So Carnehan weeds out the pick of his men and sets the two of the Army to show them drill and at the end of two weeks the men can manoeuvre about as well as Volunteers. So he marches with the Chief to a great big plain on the top of a mountain, and the Chiefs men rushes into a village and takes it; we three Martinis firing into the brown of the enemy".
Kipling "The Man Who Would Be King"
- was opened 1822, but went officially live in 1823
- was drained in 1827 as it was leaking and caused local fresh water wells to become contaminated
- in 1830 because of low levels of traffic they reduced prices to encourage more freight - a lot of traffic had already been diverted via Portcreek
- in 1845 they had sold off sections of the Portsmouth section to the railway (which opened 1847)
- by 1847 the entire canal (apart from Chichester) was unnavigable
|Milton sea lock looking west along the line of what would have been the canal - there's a boat club now in what would have been the basin between the two locks|
|Harbour end of the lock|
|Remains of possible wharfage at the end of the lock|
|That house is the old pumping station - a steam engine would have sucked sea water out of the locks and into the canal|
|Looking in the harbour direction (eastwards) but the old gates were still largely there in 1937 - this would have been I reckon roughly where the modern footbridge is..|
|Detail on the gate - not bad condition, considering they hadn't been used for 90 odd years by the time the film was made..|
- Watch History of Portsmouth online - BFI Player (the lock features at 07:53 in this film from 1937)
Laters, as the young people are want to say...