The port of Runcorn in the mid 20th. C. The ship in the foreground is one of the tugs owned by the Manchester Ship Canal Company. All large ships had to have tugs such as this one at the front and rear as they travelled on the canal. All these tugs have now gone. Even at this time there were schooners coming into the port of Runcorn. Only small schooners could pass under the two bridges to reach this point.
The buildings on the left were part of the "Old Quay workshops" , named after the canal which had at this time disappeared with the digging of the Ship Canal. Today, even the workshops have disappeared to give way to a new housing scheme.