History Group Talks August 2017


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 Canals of the Westcountry and Overseas
By Colin Vosper

Colin gave us a most interesting talk, subtitled Maritime Shortcuts, about three proposed projects to shorten the journey around the South West Peninsula.  Cross Peninsular Canals of the South West.  These were the Public Devonshire Canal from Topsham to Barnstaple, the Bude to Morwhelam Canal and the Grand Western Canal from Bridgwater to Topsham.  None of these were totally completed although there are short stretches, notably the Grand Western Canal at Tiverton, still be evidence. Colin concluded his talk by updating us on present day works on both the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal.
 


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