Why the need to emphasise it?
Just what is or was the problem?
We must first ask the simple question.
What is a canal?
You and I may think we know because we are so well informed nowadays. Or are we?
Dictionary definition: canal
an artificial waterway constructed to allow the passage of boats inland.
A canal is a man-made waterway that allows boats to pass from one body of water to another.
The earliest proper canal in England !
The Stamford Canal << The earliest proper canal in England? <<