Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal map of 1882

Part of the reason Manchester wanted the canal built was because they were getting charged so much by the Port of Liverpool. 

It was cheaper for their goods to arrive into Hull on the other side of country.

Work started on the canal in late 1887, but the Canal Company ran out of money in 1891 and would have gone bankrupt if it were not for Manchester Corporation bailing them out to “preserve the city’s prestige” and it opened on January 1st, 1894.