There is an old canal & Lock off Lough Key that belonged to the Rockingham Estate. It was used to transport turf (peat) from the bog near Keel lake to the Rockingham Estate. Before I stumbled upon it I never realised that there was a lock chamber on the Rockingham Canal.
In addition to that there is also a small harbour at the end of the canal at what is now the Scouts Jamboree area. The lock measured 48 feet long and 14 feet wide approximately. One thing I noted was that there was no towpath beneath the super ornate bridge.
Now that would indicate that the vessels that plied this canal were not horse drawn but must have been self propelled. most likely with a diesel engine.I roughly measured the canal width beneath the bridge at fourteen feet which seems quite wide. The Grand canal that runs from the River Shannon to Dublin city for example is twelve feet wide.
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