This is a model of SS Manchester Merchant in a glass case.
The original ship was built in 1951 and belonged to Manchester Liners. This cargo and passenger shipping company was founded in 1898 and ran from the Manchester Ship Canal. The SS Manchester helped to open up the port of Montreal when Manchester Liners decided to enter Canada via the Great Lakes. She was mainly used to carry raw materials from Canada and manufactured products from Manchester Docks. She was sold in 1967 and sank in 1972 following a fire.
Manchester liners pioneered the regular passage of ocean-going vessels along the Manchester Ship Canal.