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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.