A Modern Marvel by Chris While and Julie Matthews Adamson he made a vow in 1887 He'd build the greatest Ship Canal if he the men was given 16,000 raised their hands and dug a ditch to Mersey sand And to the sound of marching bands they claimed a modern marvel A century has passed away since came the son of Adam And water trade has given way to miles of tarmacadam But water parks and office blocks have risen from neglected docks And newly renovated locks are now a modern marvel Should you go by Salford Quays upon a summers evening Or stroll around in Castlefield as pleasure boats are leaving Close your eyes, recall the scene when all around was cloaked in green 'til 16,000 navvies keen carved out a modern marvel This was written for a BBC radio documentary called 'Tales from the Towpath' about Daniel Adamson's vision and the building of the Manchester Ship Canal. Full details and a recording of the programme can be found here.
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