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With the restoration of the Manchester Liners totem pole now imminent, we have now devoted a page to this important artifact.
   

Article from Manchester Liners News sent in by Ralph Murray

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New Manchester Liners House Docks
Opened on 12th December 1969 - Mr Charles Ritchie C.C. High Commissioner for Canada unveils plaque at the opening of Manchester Liners House. From right of Totem: Mr S Baker; Mr Dick Powell; Captain Simpson; Mr Cook; Mr Hall; Mr P A Brandt. Two men either side of microphone: Mr M Pattinson (Liner's Sec) and Mr J A McConchie (Chairman Furness Withy & Co).
 
New Manchester Liners House at Salford Docks
Photo: Unknown
 
Photo: Unknown
N.B. The original annotation on the photograph gives Sir Charles Rechee C.C. as High Commissioner for Canada, however both the "Saga of Manchester Liners" by Mr R B Stoker and Wilkepedia give his name as Mr Charles Ritchie C.C. as the H.C. for Canada in 1969.
 
The totem pole can be seen standing at the left corner of Manchester Liners House (now Furness House)
 

 

 

 
 
Manchester Liners House Totem Pole
 
 
Manchester Liners Totem Pole
 
 
Photo: Rodney Hall
 
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More news about the progress of the Totem Pole can be found on the Salford Online and on the Facebook website.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salford-Totem-Pole/259830036547

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From: Bryan B Farlow
Date:29/06/2010 22:05:31
Subject: Restoring & Reinstating Totem Pole Project.
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The attachment gives details of the totem pole restoration project.

Also, the totem pole is being transported down to London, tomorrow morning.

It will be on display in Trafalgar Square, in the vicinity of Canada House.

Thursday, 1st. July is Canada Day and the totem pole will form part of that day’s celebrations.

If MLOSA have members in the area, then perhaps they might wish to go along and take some photographs for the website.

The link below gives details of the event.

http://www.canadadaylondon.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=95&Itemid=77 

With Best Wishes,

Bryan

 

 

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From: Bryan B Farlow
Date: 22/06/10 07:08:31
Subject: Manchester Liners Totem Pole

I attended a meeting associated with the “Unlocking Salford Quays” art project at The Lowry, last evening.

Prior to the meeting I called in at the Lowry Outlet Mall.

To my pleasure and surprise I met Cllr. Stephen Coen, who was working in the room which houses the Manchester Liners totem pole.

The new cedar wood repair items had arrived earlier that day, accompanied by representatives from the Liverpool based timber importing company, who had very kindly delivered the items from Canada free of charge.

The totem pole had already been stripped of its former paintwork and is now ready for the visit of native Canadian Indian totem pole artist, Kevin Cranmer.

Stephen informed me that Kevin Cranmer would be arriving at Salford Quays on Monday, 28th. June, 2010 and will be accompanied by two assistants.

Kevin’s itinerary is expected to be :  Monday, Tuesday, 28/29th. June, Salford Quays.

                                                              Wednesday, Thursday, 30th. June/ 1st. July, London.

                                                              Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2nd. thro’ to 8th. July, Salford Quays.

It has been arranged for Kevin and his team to carry out the renovation work in a specially erected marquee, which will be located between The Lowry and the Lowry Outlet Mall.

Visitors will be allowed inside the marquee and will be able to observe the renovation proceedings.

This would give an opportunity for members of MLOSA to visit and make comment on the event.

Again, I feel that Cllr. Stephen Coen ought to be respected for his dedication to this renovation project, without which the totem pole would still be languishing on its side, at its resting place in Felixstowe.

Views have been aired, but at this moment in time a new location for the totem pole has not yet been agreed.

General opinion is that it should be housed inside a building which is open to the public and that it can be viewed from  a higher and a lower level.

With Best Wishes,

Bryan.

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From: Bryan B Farlow
Date:14/05/2010 15:21:08
Cc:Coen Councillor
Subject: Totem Pole

I have just had a telephone conversation with Salford Councillor, Stephen Coen.

Apparently, Kevin Cranmer (the Native Canadian Indian totem pole artist) is expected to return to England either at the end of June or sometime in July.

Stephen informed me about the Facebook link to Salford-Totem-Pole. (see below)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salford-Totem-Pole/259830036547

I am aware that the naming of the Totem Pole has given rise to some comment.

However, I feel that much praise must be given to Stephen for his efforts in rescuing and in overseeing the restoration of the totem pole.

There is still much work to be done and I hope that members of the MLOSA will continue to show its support for the project.

 

I hope that you all enjoy your MLOSA reunion at St. Anne’s, this coming weekend.

With Best Wishes,

Bryan.

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From: Coen, Councillor
Cc: Farlow Bryan ; ML Hon Secretary ; ML Hon Treasurer ; Kevin D Cranmer
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:05 AM
Subject: RE: Help and local Vancouver knowledge required please.

Hi All

We have the Cedar Wood that needs to be shipped to Manchester, its not that much really about 180lbs in weight. It will be bundled in pre-cut strips and sections.Pictures are attached.

The request is do we have the contacts to get this shipped over from Vancouver to the UK?

Regards

Stephen

             
       
 
Size of wood to be shipped
 
Size of wood to be shipped
 
Size of wood to be shipped
 
 
Photo; Kevin Cranmer
 
Photo; Kevin Cranmer
 
Photo; Kevin Cranmer
 

 

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MANCHESTER LINERS TOTEM POLE

The unusual picture on the front cover of the February 2010 Newsletter is of the top of the Manchester Liners Totem Pole.

The thirty feet, two and a half ton cedar pole was a gift to Mr Robert Stoker and the Company in 1969 and proudly stood in front of Manchester Liners House at Salford Docks for thirty seven years before being cut down, where the intention was to erect it in front of OOCL HQ at Felixstowe, the group into which Manchester Liners finally disappeared.

The pole was carved by Chief Cranmer of the Kwa Kwa Ka’wakw Tribe from the northern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The head of it is of a Thunderbird, this being Chief Cranmer’s own symbol. The middle section is of a Whale, representing his father’s Tribe, and the lower section is of a Raven, the symbol of the Chilkat Tribe, that of his mother.

Through the auspices of a Salford Councillor, Stephen Coen, the pole is now back at what is now Salford Quays and is currently undergoing restoration in the Lowry Mall by Kevin D Cranmer, the nephew of Chief Cranmer who sadly died three years ago.

A new permanent home at Salford Quays, ideally inside, is hoped to be found for it where it can be seen by the public.

If anyone has any ideas of how we can get a 200 kg piece of cedar, necessary for repairs, from Vancouver to Manchester, possibly for free in exchange for the publicity, please let me know. The pole’s return has received press and TV coverage. The British Museum has also shown an interest in this rare artefact.

I went along to see the pole for myself at the Lowry Mall and met Kevin Cranmer and Stephen Coen. Hazel Blears MP and MLOSA members Bryan Farlow and Roy Featherstone were also there.

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Councillor Stephen Coen with Totem Pole  
Thunderbird Head
Photo: Derrick J Howarth  
Photo: Derrick J Howarth
     
 
Thunderbird at head
 
Whale in middle section
Photo: Derrick J Howarth
 
Photo: Derrick J Howarth
     
 
The Chilkat Raven at base  
Hazel Blears MP for Salford meets Kevin D Cranmer
Photo: Derrick J Howarth  
Photo: Derrick J Howarth
     
 
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Kevin D Cranmer restoring head
Photo: Derrick J Howarth  
Photo: Derrick J Howarth

 

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Viewing the Restoration Work

At the Lowry Outlet Mall, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3AH 

Anyone wishing to see the restoration work being carried out on the totem pole should visit on December 13th, 14th or 15th, with the best time being Sunday 13th, Midday till about 1800 hours.

Car Parking

The Lowry Outlet Mall has its own car park which is FREE for all shoppers for the first four hours if you make a purchase – simply present your car park ticket in any shop when you make a purchase and it will be validated for you.

If you are visiting either a restaurant or the cinema your ticket can be validated for six hours free parking.

Only have your ticket validated once (otherwise it becomes invalid).

For Lowry Theatre visitors there is a pre-purchase facility for the cost of £4 valid between 17.00 to 01.00 hours (simply take your ticket to the car park office between 17:00 and 20:00 when you enter the car park - located in the basement car park by the Marks and Spencer escalator).

MetroLink

Salford Quays has a stop nearby the Lowry on the ECCLES service of the MetroLink.

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manchester evening news articles relating to ml totem pole

Web links

Totem pole to stand tall at old home

Manchester Evening News Article 3rd December 2009

Totem pole to stand tall at old home

Fight to save Salford's totem pole

Manchester Evening News Article 28th October 2008

Fight to save Salford's totem pole

 

In pole position, the Canadian finding roots in Salford

Manchester Evening News Article 8th January 2007

In pole position, the Canadian finding roots in Salford

 

Totem pole heads for Salford Quays

Manchester Evening News Article 9th October 2006

Totem pole heads for Salford Quays

 

 

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From: Coen, Councillor
Date: 24/11/2009 16:07:08
Subject: RE: Manchester Liners Totem Pole

There's a good probability it is not an Eagle at the top but a Thunderbird , as there are two holes in the crown of the head.some people recall it having two horn type carvings coming from the head. Kevin Cramner suspects its a Thunderbird.

Regards
Stephen

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Hello Stephen

Thank you for your email. With the commencement of the restoration of  the totem pole now imminent, and in the expectation of generating more interest and information, I have created a page devoted solely to the Totem Pole for our website that collates all the correspondence so far received concerning its well-being.
http://www.manchesterliners.co.uk/totempole.htm

I have also added your emails to our Lookout page. 

Since my email to you, I have also added the following descriptive article from ML News to accompany the picture on Mailbag:

Our totem pole is itself again

Ron and Mike have brought colour back into the 32-foot high Canadian Indian totem pole which stands guard at the entrance to Manchester Liners House.

The totem pole, carved by a member of the Kwakiutl tribe, was placed outside the new building in 1969 as a permanent testimony to the links of trade and friendship between Canada and Manchester Liners.

The pole has four symbolic representations. At the top is an eagle (ruler of the skies), followed by a killer whale (master of the seas), and then the raven (messenger, symbol of trade). At the bottom, a chief holding coppers (signifying wealth and power).

Regards

ML Hon Webmaster

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From: "Coen, Councillor" <Councillor.Coen@salford.gov.uk>
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2009 9:02 PM
Subject: Totem Pole

Gentlemen

I continue to drive this restoration project forward and have as much as the community involved as possible, your input is very helpful. I am actually discovering new aspects to the Pole, which is now turning into a very important and significant work indeed.

It would be really helpful if we could see a colour picture of the Pole when it first came over. We discovered 2 holes at the top of the Birds head but had no idea why they were there.

On speaking to one of your very helpful members I was told that it use to have "something like Viking horns on the crown of its head when it was first put up".

Now this information is very significant, I am in contact with the Nephew of the man who carved this, Kevin Cramner from the Kwakwaka'wakw tribe, Doug Cramner who carved this  Pole died 3 years ago.

We now know thanks to your help, the bird on the pole is a Thunderbird, which makes the Pole very important. The British Museum are coming up in a few weeks to survey it, and Kevin Cramner may be here to see the pole in December, it was he who told me thatit is made from Cedar wood and that due to the information you gave it was a Thunderbird.

I shall keep you updated on developments.

Thanks for you interest so far.


Regards
Stephen

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From: Coen, Councillor
Date: 11/24/09 07:43:29

Subject: RE: Manchester Liners Totem Pole

You of course can reproduce the email I sent, this project is going to be very much in the public eye.

I can confirm the nephew of the man who carved this, Chief Doug Cramner,  will be here from the 10th to the 17th of December starting the restoration, this will take place at the Lowry Outlet  Mall.


Regards
Stephen

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Dear  Councillor Coen

Your email  of 25th October 2009 was forwarded to me by our ML Hon Secretary.

We have just received a photograph of the Manchester Liners Totem Pole, which unfortunately is not in colour, but may help as regards the top of it. The photograph is copied from Manchester Liners News Volume 20 No 3 December 1980. On the top left of the pole can be seen a wing or ear and also a little further down on the front what appears to be a beak.

Other related items to be found on our web site are:

http://www.manchesterliners.co.uk/log.htm  Quest for Totem Pole

Further to the disclaimer on the bottom of your email, I ask your kind permission to reproduce the contents of your email on our web site as we have other related totem pole enquires already there and it all helps to generate interest in the pole.

Regards

ML Hon Webmaster

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From: Ernie Moore
Date: 23/11/2009
Subject: Totem Pole

This photograph of the ML Totem Pole being painted is from ML News Vol20 No 3 December 1980.

     

 

 

 

 
 
Manchester Liners Totem Pole
 
 
Photo: ML News Vol 20 No 3 December 1980
 

The article reads:

Our totem pole is itself again

Ron and Mike have brought colour back into the 32-foot high Canadian Indian totem pole which stands guard at the entrance to Manchester Liners House.

The totem pole, carved by a member of the Kwakiutl tribe, was placed outside the new building in 1969 as a permanent testimony to the links of trade and friendship between Canada and Manchester Liners.

The pole has four symbolic representations . At the top is an eagle (ruler of the skies), followed by a killer whale (master of the seas), and then the raven (messenger, symbol of trade). At the bottom, a chief holding coppers (signifying wealth and power).

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Quest for totem home

From: Rita Wilkinson

This article (about trying to preserve the Totem Pole)  was in the local Salford Advertiser.  Thought you may be interested.

Audrey Malpas and I are back in touch with each other after 30years.  We actually met up a couple of months ago, and we recognised each other straight away, and chatted non stop like you wouldn’t believe. 

Rita

Enquiries have been made as to whether or not the totem pole had horns in the two holes that are on the top of its head..

Please also see Mailbag 2009 for other related Totem Pole items.

ML Hon Webmaster

 

 

 

 

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From: Lever, David
Date: 26/02/2009 15:04:53
Subject: Manchester Liners Totem Pole

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1076233_fight_to_save_salfords_totem_pole

Perhaps we should try and raise some awareness to save it? Seems a pity to lose such an icon, these things have a lot of meaning to the Indians, and are considered sacred by some.

Yours, Aye.

Dave Lever

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From: Bryan B Farlow
Date: 24/02/2009 15:28:00
Cc: Coen, Councillor
Subject: Totem Pole. Originally Commissioned by Robert Stoker, 1969

I have been prompted to make enquiries regarding the Canadian Indian Totem Pole, which used to stand outside Manchester Liners House, Salford Docks. The Offices have since been renamed Furness House.

The totem pole was commissioned by Mr. Robert Stoker, who was at that time the Chairman of Manchester Liners.

The totem pole was carved by Douglas Cranmer, of the Kwakiutl tribe of Indians, British Columbia, and it was delivered and erected in time for the opening ceremony of the new Manchester Liners House, 12th. December, 1969.

In 2005, the totem pole was taken down, due to its state of deterioration. At the moment, the Pole lies in a shed on the King William Industrial Estate, adjacent to the former Salford Docks.

Sooner or later, a decision will have to be made regarding how best to respect the Pole.

Salford City Councillor, Cllr. Stephen Coen, is hoping that it might be restored and relocated in the old docks area.

Apparently, Salford City Council does have a small sum of money, which could be contributed towards restoration costs. But current estimates would far exceed this amount.

Another solution might be to restore the Totem Pole sufficiently for it to be suitably housed in The Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

The links, below, give additional items of information regarding this issue.

I will leave this matter with you for your consideration. If you consider that you might wish to have an “on-site” meeting, then I would be pleased to join you.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1076233_fight_to_save_salfords_totem_pole

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totem_pole

http://www.manchesterliners.co.uk/photoarchive6.htm 

Regards,
Bryan.

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