The canal in Liverpool and Bootle was heavily industrialised, and factories relied on the canal for transport from one site to another. For example, Tillotsons, a printer, would transport printed packets to the BAT cigarette factory, and to Tate & Lyle’s sugar refinery.
During the 20th century, the motive power used to move barges changed from horses to petrol and diesel engines. A 1950s diesel engine would have an output of 10-
This required some form of tractor or boat such as seen here >>>>>>>
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