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Telford commemorated

A special commemorative plaque has been laid by ICE Scotland to acknowledge Thomas Telford’s contribution to two outstanding engineering landmarks - the coast to coast Caledonian Canal and the Göta Kanal in Sweden.

Telford commemorated

The plaque, unveiled at Scottish Canals’ Seaport office in Inverness by ICE past president Paul Jowitt, is identical to a plaque laid in July last year for the Göta Kanal at Motala.

These two sister canals were among the earliest and largest coast to coast canals, and shared the idea of providing canal connection between lakes and locks to link eastern and western seas, providing safer and shorter transits for economic and strategic purposes.

“The Caledonian Canal was a canal built on a massive scale and helped to cement Telford’s reputation internationally as a leading canal engineer,” said Jowitt.

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