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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 – HMS Thetis (N25)

Ronnie Swain – HMS Thetis (N25)

Ronnie talks to us about seeing the HMS Thetis in the River Mersey. HMS Thetis (N25) was a Group 1 T-class submarine of the Royal Navy which served under two names. Under her first identity, HMS Thetis, she commenced sea trials on 4 March 1939. She sank during trials on 1 June 1939 with the loss of 99 lives. She…

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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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