by Ian Collard - £12.99 Tempus Publishing (2001)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780752421100 | ISBN 10: 0752421107
Ian Collard charts the developments that have taken place in maritime life on the Mersey, from the 1950s and 1960s through to the present day.
Ships of all shapes and sizes have been found on the Mersey, from the old Mersey ferries and the motor ferries that replaced them, to huge passenger liners and container ships, as well as tall ships, tugs and seacats. All of them feature in this detailed photographic history.
A host of international shipping companies are represented, including Blue Funnel, Ellerman, Harrison and Elder Dempster Lines. The Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. wintered its fleet in Morpeth Dock at Birkenhead and Princes Landing Stage was once the focal point of activity at the docks, as passenger liners queued to berth.
The Mersey ports continue to thrive and in 1998 handled 30 million tons of cargo. The Royal Seaforth Dock can now turn around the largest container vessel in just 12 hours, and rail and road links have been improved. Ship-building and repair is still an important industry on the Mersey.
The Port of Liverpool and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company are clearly striving to assure the future of maritime life in Liverpool and Birkenhead. This book will appeal to shipping enthusiasts, as well as to all those with an interest in Britain's maritime heritage.
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