Memories

A tour around Liverpool’s South Docks

A tour around Liverpool’s South Docks

Pat and Norman take a tour of the Liverpool South Dock area, including the Cast Iron Shore and Herculaneum Dock. Herculaneum Dock was part of the Port of Liverpool in Liverpool, England. It was situated at the southern end of the Liverpool dock system, on the River Mersey. To the north it was connected to Harrington Dock. The dock was…

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Remembrance Service.  The sinking of the Lusitania

Remembrance Service. The sinking of the Lusitania

Today, to mark the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a remembrance service was held in Liverpool, next to one of her salvaged propellers. RMS Lusitania was a British ocean liner, named after the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, which is part of present day Portugal. The ship entered passenger service with the Cunard Line on 26 August…

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The Blue Funnel Association

The Blue Funnel Association

The Blue Funnel Association meet on the last Saturday of the month. It’s a chance for everyone who worked on the Blue Funnel line to get together and exchange stories. Alfred Holt and Company, marketed as the Blue Funnel Line, was founded by Alfred Holt on 16 January 1866. The main operating subsidiary was the Ocean Steam Ship Company, which…

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The Indefatigable

The Indefatigable

Training Ship Indefatigable was a British training school for boys intending to join the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy. Until the middle of the nineteenth century the British Merchant Navy had no recognized training schools for boys entering the service. Education consisted of boys about 15 years old going to sea “to be led, guided, bullied and socialized into…

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The Launch of the Silverhawk

The Launch of the Silverhawk

The Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Prendergast tells us about his experience at the Launch of the Silverhawk from Cammell Lairds in 1968. Cammell Laird, one of the most famous names in British shipbuilding during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, came about following the merger of Laird, Son & Co. of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co. of Sheffield at the…

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Mapping Memory on the Liverpool Waterfront – 1950s – 1970s

Mapping Memory on the Liverpool Waterfront – 1950s – 1970s

This was the project that really initiated this site. It was a collaboration between National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool University and Re-Dock, looking at particular place and time – the south-central Liverpool waterfront from to the 1950s to the 1970s. It is also about Liverpool in the twenty-first century. The project involved a year of research and development, the results of…

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Ronnie Swain – Operation Pedestal

Ronnie Swain – Operation Pedestal

Ronnie talks about his experiences as part of Operation Pedestal. Operation Pedestal was a British operation to get desperately needed supplies to the island of Malta in August 1942, during the Second World War. Malta was the base from which surface ships, submarines and aircraft attacked Axis convoys carrying essential supplies to the Italian and German armies in North Africa….

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