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Question 1. When was the Regent's Canal opened?

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Question 2. How many tunnels are there on the Regent's Canal and which is the longest?

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Question 3. What crisis hit the canal at 0455, on 2nd October 1874?

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Question 4 What was the canal's coldest cargo in the 19th Century?

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Question 5 Is it true that only one narrowboat can pass through a lock at a time?

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Question 6 Which part of the Regent's Canal has been closed for many years?

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Question 7. What else, apart from horses, used to pull barges with a rope, along the Regents Canal?

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Question 8. What was the Regents Canal boatman's regular suffocating experience?

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Question 9. What is beneath the towpath of the Regents Canal that makes the use of mooring spikes a very unwise idea?

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Question 10. What financial irregularity cost the Regents Canal Company dearly in 1815?

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Answer to Question 1

The Regents Canal was opened in 1820. Some sections were in use the previous year.

 

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Answer to Question 2

Three! Maida Hill(272 yards), and Islington(960 yards) close to the London Canal Museum. The short Eyres Tunnel beneath Lisson Grove is not always counted as a tunnel.

 

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Answer to Question 3

A barge carrying explosives blew up under Macclesfield bridge, killing three crew. The canal was closed for 3 days. The accident cost the company a fortune in compensation.

 

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Ice! Blocks of ice were cut from lakes in Norway and brought by ship to Limehouse where they were transferred to barges for delivery to ice storage wells adjoining the canal.

 

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No! The Regents Canal locks can accommodate two narrowboats or one barge at the same time.

 

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Answer to Question 6

The Cumberland Arm was closed during the 1939-45 war and filled with debris from war damaged London. It ran from near Regents Park to Cumberland Basin close by Euston Station

 

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Tractors! In the 1950s motor tractors were used on the towing path to haul barges in place of horses .

 

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Passing through Islington tunnel with the assistance of the steam tug. The smoke and steam in the tunnel made for a thoroughly unpleasant half hour.

 

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Answer to Question 9

There are high voltage electricity cables. The canal water is used to cool them. These were installed in the 1970s

 

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Answer to Question 10

The Superintendant of the Canal, Thomas Homer, disappeared. A lot of shareholders money disappeared with him, and shareholders had to be asked for further funds.

 

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