Of Heroes And Industry

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Ships, tugs and barges in Runcorn
The River Mersey, Bridgewater and Manchester Ship Canals are all present, complete with representations of the
different vessels, made and used on Runcorn’s waterways.

A ship in full sail became Runcorn's insignia in 1894

Raw cotton, potter's clay, salt, coal and soap passed through the town and tall ships would arrive and depart from Runcorn’s docks from all over the world.  Paddle steamers or tugs were common-place, towing barges and ships into port.

The barges were essential transport for the North West and Runcorn’s trade and commerce during the nineteenth century’s industrial revolution. The original logos from the town’s soap and leather manufacturers are shown on the crates.