'Calemax Enterprise' + 'Gina D' July 8th 2015
Two grain barges laid up at the former Manchester dry docks. These decent size barges were built to transport grain from Liverpool docks to Rank Hovis mill at Trafford Wharf. They were later sold on but 'Gina D' returned to the canal in 2001 when the grain traffic was revived. She was later joined by sister 'Calemax Enterprise' in 2005. The barges saw plenty of use mostly on the grain traffic with occasional slate traffic from Penrhyn North Wales. 'Gina D' fell into disrepair and the 'Calemax' soldiered on until the grain traffic moved over to road transport in 2011. The two barges have been laid up ever since but the chances of this traffic starting up again are bleak as the former drydocks are due to be redeveloped by Peel.
'Calemax Enterprise' (ex Seacombe Trader) 1974
'Gina D' (ex Seabourne Trader) 1975
'Calemax Enterprise' named after performing a freight trial along the Caledonian canal in 2004 as she is the 'maximum' dimensions of a vessel permitted to carry freight along the canal.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, f/9 @ 50 mm, 1/500, ISO 250, No Flash
John Eyres © Manchester Ship Canal & Mersey