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SPOTLIGHT ON HISTORY OF FAMOUS SHIPPING LINE.

Byline: Ashley Gray

THE world's first long-distance cargo liner is celebrated in a new exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Blue Funnel ships sailed from Liverpool for over 100 years, gaining worldwide recognition for their operations.

The exhibition focuses on their China run, a connection that helped shape and develop the city's Chinese community.

Exhibits includes model ships, oil paintings, and objects taken from the company's history.

A scale model of the Agamemnon, the world's first longdistance cargo liner, is among items made and collected by William Elston, who was a member of the ship's first crew.

The exhibition includes an interview with a surviving crew member who settled in Liverpool in the 1940s after arriving from Beijing.

The company, which was founded by engineer Alfred Holt in 1865, became one of the biggest employers and most influential shipping companies in Liverpool. Their former HQ, India Buildings, stands as a lasting memorial.

Services ran until the early 1970s when container vessels revolutionised cargo shipping.

Blue Funnel to China runs at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, until February 24, 2003. Admission is free.

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BLUE HEAVEN: Former Blue Funnel crewmen Dave Molyneux, left, Ray Scott and John Robinson admire a model; Picture: MARTIN BIRCHALL
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2002
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