The construction of the replica Morton’s Patent Slip.

The next Waterways Museum Society Meeting will be on the 15th November.

Brian Spencer will talk about the construction of the replica Morton’s Patent Slip which is on display at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port. Brian was the construction leader for this project.

The non-tidal slipway at Ellesmere Port was fully mechanised with boats being hauled up the slipway for repair on a trolley – this was known as “Mr Morton’s Patent Carriage”.  They were pulled by means of a cable attached to a steam-powered drum in the Winch House.

In February Derek Speakman gave us a talk titled ‘Patent Slipway and Patent Slipway Carriage’. Derek described the research and design work that was carried out to enable the building of a replica slipway carriage.  In this talk Brian will explain how all the parts were manufactured and how the carriage was assembled on the slipway.

The talk will be in the Rolt Conference Centre at the museum.  Admission is free.  Bar open. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Everyone welcome.