|Barge on the Severn at Worcester|
This wasn't the only scheme however, a number of the city's great and good also proposed a ship canal scheme linking Birmingham to the river Mersey . This canal, which would have allowed ships up to 300 tons along it would have linked Birmingham to the Weaver Navigation Canal and then through to the Mersey, Liverpool and the sea. This canal would have been nearly 20m wide and over 3m deep and would have passed through South Staffordshire, the Potteries and Cheshire . However this scheme (which would have cost a mere £1.6 million) also came to naught as did a scheme to link Birmingham to the Thames .
By the late 1890s canals were beginning to be seen as a bit old hat as the railway network continued to grow and few if any canal schemes were in development anywhere. In many ways it is a shame none of the ship canal schemes came to fruition. Ships up to 300 tons would be much larger than anything that usually chugs alomh through the canals at Birmingham's heart. The Edwardian steamer TSS Earnslaw perhaps can give us an idea of the sort of boat we could have expected making it up to Birmingham in the early 1900s (although it would be slightly oversize at 330t). The canal schemes came to nothing though may have inspired this song...
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 Charles Anthony Vince MA, History of the Corporation of Birmingham Vol 3 1885-1899 (Cornish:Birmingham, 1902), p. 365
 Vince, p. 368
 Birmingham and Liverpool Ship Canal (Pamphlet, 1888), p. 5
 Birmingham Daily Gazette 6th July 1888
 Birmingham and Liverpool Ship Canal, p. 17