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of 41 Spring Gardens, Manchester.
1825 An early version of the Manchester Ship Canal Co was organized, approved reports and surveys and organized the collection of funds
'The Royal Assent was given to the third bill on August 6th, 1885, and S. R. Platt's name appeared in it as a director with Mr. H. Boddington, Mr Jacob Bright, MP, Mr C. P. Henderson and Mr Joseph Lee.' 
1890 Series of articles were published in The Engineer, see the links below.
1891 For description of works see 1891 The Practical Engineer.
1894 S. R. Platt led the procession of the opening of the fully completed Manchester Ship Canal in his yacht SS Norseman. Next in the procession was the Snowdrop and then, hired by the Salford Town Council, came the SS Great Britain.
1922 The Stanlow Oil Dock was officially opened near Ellesmere Port. The new dock was intended primarily for the discharge of steamers carrying petroleum, lubricating, illuminating and fuel oils. It had a length of 600ft., a width of 100ft., and a depth of 30ft., and is carried out in reinforced concrete, including a caisson designed to close the entrance in the event of a fire, so as to prevent burning oil from entering the canal.