Military Transport. In December, 1806 there was considerable disorder in Ireland (all of which was then then part of the United Kingdom) and on 11th December the government ordered reinforcements to be sent. Over 2,500 men were sent by canal from Paddington to Liverpool and then by sea. The canal journey took 5 days. 55 boats were hired from Pickfords and fitted with benches. Bakers had to be organised to supply large amounts of bread for the men to eat at London, Northampton, Stafford, and Runcorn. Because it was regarded as an emergency all other boat crews had to give way at locks, or risk prosecution and punishment. It would have taken two weeks for these troops to march to Liverpool. The massive operation went well generally. However for one horse, things did not go well. It fell in the canal and drowned.
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