Bridgewater canal opened, swing aqueduct, first major canal and underground colliery and first steamboat

1758 - The very first steamboat was built in Worsley. 1760 - The first major canal and underground colliery was built. 1761 - The Bridgewater Canal opened: the first totally artificial waterway independent of natural rivers. 1893 - The first swing aqueduct was built at Barton.
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In 1758, the very first steamboat in the world was built at Worsley, and used on the Bridgewater Canal. Two years later in 1760, James Brindley built the first major canal and underground colliery at Worsley. This was the start of the transport revolution, which led to the Industrial Revolution. n 1758, the very first steamboat in the world was built at Worsley, and used on the Bridgewater Canal. Two years later in 1760, James Brindley built the first major canal and underground colliery at Worsley. This was the start of the transport revolution, which led to the Industrial Revolution.