Questions on

Canal Engineering


PLANNING A CANAL

1. Why were canals built ?

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2. Name 3 famous English engineers who pioneered canal construction.

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3. Give examples of 2 groups of people who objected to canal engineering.

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4. List 4 types of building which went up along the banks of a canal at the time of construction of the canal ?

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NAVVIES

1. What are "navvies" ?

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2. How many men were estimated to be working on canals in the 1790's ?

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3. Describe the work of these men.

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4. What medical risk did most of these men have to suffer in their day to day work ?

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PUDDLING

1. What is puddling ?

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2. How thick was the puddling clay ?

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3. How do we know that "puddling" has been successful ?

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LOCKS

1. What kind of gates would you expect to find on either side of a lock ?

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2. How would you describe a lock to someone who never saw one before ?

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3. What is the function of a lock ?

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AQUEDUCTS

1. How would you describe an aqueduct ?

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2. Who built the first aqueducts ?

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3. Where were the first aqueducts built in Britain ?

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4. What was seen as a major advance in aqueduct engineering ?

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5. Give an example of one of the most famous aqueducts in the world.

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6. What is the greatest danger facing aqueducts ?

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7. How can this danger be minimised or lessened ?

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8. What is so special about the Barton Aqueduct in England ?

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These resource pages have been prepared by the teachers and pupils of St. Ronan's National School for use with the Grand Canal project. You are very welcome to print and use them with your class.

 

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