During the construction of the canal the company ran out of money and couldn't afford to install the long flight of locks needed to lower boats 209 feet from Marple to the aqueduct. As a stop-gap, a tramway was built and cargoes were unloaded at one end, transported up or down the slope, and loaded onto barges waiting at the other end. Mr Monkey looked around the pool at the bottom of the flight of locks, saw the sign welcoming boaters to the Marple Locks, and set off to see the lowest lock in the flight.
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