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Regent’s Canal Quiz
Regent’s Canal Quiz
What do you know?
Test your knowledge about the Regent’s Canal
When was the Regent's Canal opened?
The Regents Canal was opened in 1820. Some sections were in use the previous year.
How many tunnels are there on the Regent's Canal and which is the longest?
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.
What crisis hit the canal at 0455, on 2nd October 1874?
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.
What was the canal's coldest cargo in the 19th Century?
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.
Is it true that only one narrowboat can pass through a lock at a time?
No! The Regents Canal locks can accommodate two narrowboats or one barge at the same time.
Which part of the Regent's Canal has been closed for many years?
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.
What else, apart from horses, used to pull barges with a rope, along the Regents Canal?
Tractors! In the 1950s motor tractors were used on the towing path to haul barges in place of horses .
What was the Regents Canal boatman's regular suffocating experience?
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.
What is beneath the towpath of the Regents Canal that makes the use of mooring spikes a very unwise idea?
There are high voltage electricity cables. The canal water is used to cool them. These were installed in the 1970s.
What financial irregularity cost the Regents Canal Company dearly in 1815?
The Superintendent of the Canal, Thomas Homer, disappeared. A lot of shareholders money disappeared with him, and shareholders had to be asked for further funds.