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1954.906 ship canal cruet set

stand & cruet stand, made by Lee and Wigfall and Elkington and Co, 1894, © Manchester City Galleries

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Stand & cruet stand

<P>Ship Canal Cruet and Stand
Made by Lee and Wigfall
and Elkington and Co 1894
Silver plate

The Manchester Ship Canal
was one of the great engineering projects
of the Victorian age.
When it was completed in 1894
it was the largest navigation in the world,
a manmade waterway stretching over 30 miles,
connecting Manchester directly to the sea.

The cruet cleverly uses the canal dock theme
as a disguise for salt, pepper and mustard pots.
The name of Daniel Adamson, the engineer,
is inscribed on a panel cast into the rocks.

Gift of Mrs S Baynes 1954.906 </P>

<P>Manchester Ship Canal Cruet
Made in England 1800-1900
Silver plate

Manchester's development during the 1800's
was funded mainly by profits from cotton grown
by enslaved labour in America.

The Ship Canal was financed by business men
who had profited from the cotton industry.
The development of Africa and the Caribbean
remains stifled long after the abolition of slavery.

Ex-colonial countries still trade with Europe,
locked into traditional economic relations
by habit, poverty and one-sided E C trade treaties.
Even in countries like Sierra Leone and Nigeria,
where diamonds and oil have been discovered,
little benefit reaches the ordinary people.</P>

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