Canal report by James Watt and Robert McKell

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
James Watt

Manuscript part of a report by Robert McKell and James Watt on the Monkland Canal, 1769. flscp. 2pp.

James Watt surveyed the route for a canal linking the Lanark coalfields with Glasgow and became the consulting engineer. He oversaw construction of seven miles of canal, a supply reservoir, an aqueduct and seven road bridges. It was an important project for Watt: he gained new experience of large scale projects and matters which had not had much of an effect on him before, such as how to manage a large and potentially unruly workforce. It was a vital part of the process by which Watt scaled himself up from a scientific instrument maker into an engineer capable of building steam engines.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/421
Materials:
ink and paper (fibre product)
type:
report
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt