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Charlotte Brontë began and wrote the early chapters of her novel ‘Jane Eyre’ whilst living in the Hulme district of Manchester!

In 1904 Henry Royce met Charles Rolls at the Midland Hotel in the city & together created the famous ‘Rolls-Royce’ car brand. The first Rolls-Royce cars were made at nearby Trafford Park.

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The World’s first passenger railway train ran from Manchester in 1831 on a service connecting the city with Liverpool.

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Chetham's Library in Manchester is the oldest free public reference library in the english speaking world.  

Karl Marx used to meet Friedrich Engels here to discuss politics & economics!

  Although The Manchester Cruising Association was formed in this great city, nowadays most of our members live further out in what is now the county of Greater Manchester or the neighbouring counties of Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside & Derbyshire.  ‘Out-of-port’ members are spread further afield across the whole world.


  About 5 years after the association’s formation the Manchester Weekly Times wrote “It is common knowledge among yachtsmen that the greatest enthusiasm for the sea and all that pertains thereto so far as concerns pleasure craft is to be found in inland cities and towns. That Manchester forms no exception to this rule may be gathered from the note in our issue of  February 20th (1919) recording the doings of the Cruising Association of that city”.

  Much of this enthusiasm perhaps stems from the ‘Grass is greener on the other side of the Hill” emotion strongly felt within the grey landscape proliferated during the Industrial Revolution that had engulfed many parts of south Lancashire by the end of the 19th century.
It would be this Industrial Revolution that gave us our strongest ever connection with the sea.  Many of the factories and mills in the area were involved in adding value to raw materials imported from far flung shores across the world.
 Cotton was the main import but trading was a 2 way street and Manchester was also a leading export centre. Against this backdrop and the increasing difficulties of trading through the port of Liverpool, the city’s elders decided to build a canal to connect Manchester to the sea so that ships could come the 36 miles inland to offload their cargos and then take away manufactured goods for export.

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The Manchester Arena with over 21,000 seats, is the largest arena of its type in Europe and in terms of concert goers, it is the busiest indoor arena in the World ahead of New York’s Madison Square Garden and the O2 Arena in London, the second & third busiest respectively.

The international TOG unit found on such items as Duvet Bed Quilts didn’t originate in Scandinavia as one might think but in the Didsbury area of Manchester at the town’s Shirley Institute.

The Manchester Ship Canal

   And so the Manchester Ship Canal was born.  It had taken many years in the planning and execution, travelling from Eastham on the southern side of the River Mersey estuary through parts of Cheshire and Lancashire to the joined cities of Manchester and Salford. The canal opened in 1894.

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The Salford Docks in 1967.  In their ‘hayday’ they became the fourth busiest port in England.  The development of larger more ‘cost effective’ ships saw traffic slowly decline until now when only a few coastal ships use the canal and usually only as far as the industrial complex of Trafford Park.

25 years later, by the early 1990’s, the same dock had been given a new lease of life as part of the ‘Salford Quays’ regeneration. MCA member Dr. Ted Thompson can be seen here tacking his ‘Snipe’ dinghy during a demonstration event to support Manchester’s ‘Italian Week’.

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Excellent Transport connections allow our members to access their cruising areas both in the UK and abroad. Manchester Airport is Britain’s third busiest airport with daily flights to all parts of the globe. The M60 orbital motorway links to the major arterial motorways to provide access to North Wales, Lancashire, the South Coast, the West Country, the Scottish Coast & the Western Isles.

Take a look around Greater Manchester

Manchester Town Hall China Town Exchange Quay Central Library Gay Village MediaCityUK Arndale Shopping Centre Mode Wheel Lock Bridgewater Concert Hall Salford's Lowry Theatre Lowry Bridge Piccadilly Station Alderley Edge Hulme Arch MediaCityUK Bridge Metrolink at MediaCityUK National Football Museum Salford Quays Salford Quays Salford Quays Cafe Culture Lowry Hotel Manchester Velodrome Manchester Ship Canal Salford Quays Dunham Park Castlefield Boat Rally

The UK’s first canal was built just outside Manchester to fetch coal to the city from the Duke of Bridgewater’s mine at nearby Worsely.

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Terylene(Dacron in the US), which is the main fibre used in modern Sailcloth, was invented and patented in Manchester in 1941 by the Calico Printers Association & their chemist John Rex Whinfield.

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