- Caledonian Canal
a canal in N Scotland, extending NE from the Atlantic to the North Sea. 601/2 mi. (97 km) long.
* * *waterway running southwest to northeast across the Glen Mor fault of northern Scotland and connecting the North Sea with the North Atlantic. In 1773 James Watt (Watt, James) was employed by the British government to make a survey for such a canal, which would link together a chain of freshwater lakes including Ness, Oich, and Lochy. Construction was begun in 1803 under the direction of Thomas Telford (Telford, Thomas), and the canal was opened for navigation in 1822, although it was not completed until 1847. From the northeastern entrance on Moray Firth to the southwestern entrance at Loch Linnhe, the canal's total length is about 60 miles (100 km), that of the artificial channels being about 23 miles (37 km). Formerly of great economic importance, the canal is now used only by fishing and pleasure craft because it is too small to accommodate modern oceangoing vessels.
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Caledonian Canal — canal in N Scotland, extending northeastward from the Atlantic to Moray Firth: c. 60 mi (97 km) … English World dictionary
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Caledonian Canal — Caledo′nian Canal′ n. geg a canal in N Scotland, extending NE from the Atlantic to the North Sea. 60½ mi. (97 km) long … From formal English to slang
Caledonian Canal — noun a canal in northern Scotland that links North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean; runs diagonally between Moray Firth at the northeastern end and Loch Linnhe at the southwestern end; now little used • Instance Hypernyms: ↑canal • Part Holonyms:… … Useful english dictionary
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CALEDONIAN CANAL — a canal across the NW. of Scotland, executed by Telford, for the passage of ships between the Atlantic and the North Sea, 60 m. long, 40 m. of which consist of natural lakes; begun 1803, finished 1823; cost £1,300,000; has 28 locks; was… … The Nuttall Encyclopaedia