Manchester Ship Canal, Ellesmere Port 1947

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Caption for Manchester Ship Canal, Ellesmere Port 1947: Two steamers head for the tidal lock at Eastham on their way out of the Manchester Ship Canal. On the right is the river Mersey, and to the left, by the building with a tall chimney, is the entrance to the Shropshire Union Canal. This area, partially redeveloped, is now home to The Boat Museum.

An extract from Canals and Waterways.

Memories of Manchester Ship Canal


I recall, as a young police constable, going for a trip on the MSC barge 'The Daniel Adamson'. This was from no 8 dock at Manchester, just by the Trafford swing bridge. The trip went though Mode Wheel locks, Latchford locks at Warrington and on up through Runcorn to Ellesmere Port. I also recall being sworn in at (...Read full memory)

My father told me that my great grandfather , William Ratcliffe, worked on the swing bridge over the Manchester ship canal.I have not been able to find any information to verify this. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has information on this point.

I lived in Eastham, and I was about 10 years old when the war ended and a cruise up the Manchester Ship Canal was organised, possibly on board the "Royal Daffodil" which I see is still doing the cruises. Could it be the same ship I wonder? I think we boarded at a place called "Job's Ferry" in Eastham, and (...Read full memory)

I was in REME stationed in Peel Green and on Wednesday afternoons we were taken to see different factories etc, and one Wednesday we toured by boat all around the docks at Manchester and the commentator told us where all the ships had come from and what their cargo was. It was a very memorable day, I had (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Manchester Ship Canal, Ellesmere Port 1947: Two steamers head for the tidal lock at Eastham on their way out of the Manchester Ship Canal. On the right is the river Mersey, and to the left, by the building with a tall chimney, is the entrance to the Shropshire Union Canal. This area, partially redeveloped, is now home to The Boat Museum.

An extract from Canals and Waterways.

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