I have long been curious about the history of the Canal at Ellesmere Port between the end of the oil traffic in 1955 and the beginnings of the National Waterways Museum in 1975. Some of this is a history of very little – inaction and decay. Some is about the way in which the line of canal was preserved – something that, in retrospect, appears an unlikely fate.
Here is a link to a series of articles that I wrote for the Boat Museum’s Society’s magazine, Report, in 2016-7. I plan to update this, so please return to see how this has been improved.
There is more to find, and I would be interested in any further information. I will be editing and expanding this account from that published here.