The ship canal took six years to complete at a cost of just over £15 million, equivalent to about £1.65 billion in 2011, and measures thirty-six miles in length, from the Mersey Estuary at Eastham on the Wirral to Manchester.
I’ve not been able to determine what year they were granted their coat of arms, but what’s interesting about it is that bees are featured in two location, because it combines elements of the arms of Manchester, Salford and Warrington, as can be seen below.
2nd. Azure, semee of bees, volant, a shuttle between three garbs, or, on a chief of the last, a bale corded, proper, between two millrinds, sable (for Salford).
3rd. Argent, six lionettes, three, two, and one, gules (for Warrinton).
Crest – 1st, A terrestial globe, semee of bees, volant, all proper.
2nd. A demi-lion, argent, therefrom flowing to the sinister, a flag/
3rd. A sword and mace in saltire, the sword enfiled with a wreath of laurel, both surmounted by a scroll bearing the inscription “Anno Regina Victoria”.
Supporters – On the dexter side an herladic antelope, argent, attired, collared, and chain reflexted over the back, or; on the sinister side, a lion guardant, or, murally crowned, gules, each charged on the shoulder with a rose of the last.
Motto – “Navigation and Commerce.”
The coat of arms can also be found in Salford, on the exterior fencing of the companies former Dock Office, situation along the A5063. Originally purpose-built in 1927 to house the regulatory functions required to administer and manage the operation of the Salford Docks, the office has recently been converted into an apartment block.
Until recently, the design was hidden from view by branches growing through the fence, hence why it hasn’t been featured at the time the original post was published.