I QUITE ENJOYED BRIAN COOIL’S ARTICLE ‘F is for Funnel’ in the March 2010 issue of Sea Breezes. His parting remark was “Didn’t some ships going up the Manchester Ship Canal leave their funnel tops at the beginning of the canal?”
The simple answer is yes. Elder Dempster vessels quite regularly discharged at Manchester and Perang (1954) had previously been up there.
In 1964, due to the deposits from the funnel, her funnel was extended by about ten feet and on arrival at the MSC, in 1968, the funnel top was removed and stored on the quay. On return down the canal, not having had to collect a funnel top previously, she proceeded directly to the E D discharging berths in Liverpool.
I was doing a spell in the voyage accounts department in India Buildings when an invoice arrived for £200 for the cost of transporting one funnel top Eastham to Liverpool by crane barge.
Dalkeith, 6 Daryl Road
Heswall, Wirral, CH60 5RD
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