Manchester Dry Dock Co Ltd

Originally known as The Manchester Ship Canal Pontoons and Dry Docks Co Ltd the company was formed in order to provide dry docks, graving docks slipways, pontoon docks and floating docks facilities to vessels requiring repairing or servicing. It later became known as Manchester Dry Docks Co in 1906. There were two facilities owned by the company one located at Mode Wheel and the other at Ellesmere Port which was opened in 1893 and consisted of a large pontoon floating dock and dockside facilities.

After the finance was raised the dry docks at Mode Wheel were opened on the 14th February 1894 there were further extensions to both facilities as shipping on the ship canal increased.