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Ellesmere Port

The Constance Bowater unloading Norwegian pulp at Ellesmere Port for delivery to a Bowater paper mill. She was built in 58, and must here be a brand new ship. In 72 she was sold and renamed Kretan Spirit, in 85 she was scrapped.
For those interested; a paper model set of her is to bought on the net for between 7 and 10 pounds.

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Terrific picture taken from one of the cranes. These always fascinated me as they were tailor made for the wharf with the front legs longer than the back to accommodate the steep bank of the canal here. This in actual fact is Manisty Wharf just down canal from the main Ellesmere Port and it served the Bowater paper mill. Notice the fireless locomotive being used in this area which would have been quite volatile if there were a fire. Although Bowaters is no longer there, the wharf is still used and still rail served with coal being brought from Hunterston in Scotland, transhipped from larger ships, then transferred to rail for its final destination, Fiddlers Ferry Power Station on the opposite bank of the Mersey.
 

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Going up or down the steps on the bank was a fun place to carry suitcase when joining or leaving a ship. Travel light!
 

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