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As ship-building orders reduced through the 1970s, Cammell Laird turned to oil and gas rig construction. Sovereign Explorer floats out in this STEPHEN SHAKESHAFT picture, aided by Alexandra tugs Salthouse and Wallasey (MM011

Fondly recalled are the Liverpool & North Wales Steamship Co's Mersey-Menai Straits sailings, as here with St Tudno rounding Great Orme for Llandudno in May 1947, shortly after postwar services were resumed

The Mersey was not immune during the appalling winter of 1963, as shown in January when icicles hung from the bow of the Wallasey ferry Leasowe (MM010

Of this July 1973 shot from the Royal Liver Building, only the Titanic Memorial, top centre , survives in situ, while the former Io MSPCo's Manxman, top rightnow awaits preservation. Gone are Princes Landing Stage, the tugs, the Wallasey Corporation ferry, Riverside Station, top right , the floating roadway and bus station

That sinking sensation: not leaning on a lamp-post, but tied to one. Wallasey Corporation's Royal Daffodil of 1958 makes a spectacle of herself after a collision holed her bow. The salvage vessel Vigilant stands-off, in January 1968

The great waiting room created by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board at Princes Parade before World War II, largely for the vast Isle of Man holiday traffic

With the Three Graces and the George's Dock Mersey Tunnel ventilator backdrop, the coaster Bannrose edges into Canning Dock berth, with the clubhouse and exlanding craft Landfall behind, in November 1960

All hands to the bow rudder wheel aboard St Seiriol in May 1969, on a North Wales coastal cruise

Arriving in the Mersey after her "shake-down" cruise from John Brown's Clyde shipyard, Blue Funnel's handsome pounds 2m cargo-liner Centaur, in January 1964. This was to be her only visit to her home port

Roll-on, roll-off ferry pre-war style as a boy peers from the rear window of an Austin 20 saloon aboard the Wallasey luggage boat in March 1932, two years before the Queensway Mersey Tunnel opened

My ding-a-ling: a Wallasey Ferries seaman gets a grip on the Seacombe fog bell in August 1931, shortly before its relocation on to the landing stage and conversion to electrical power

Birkenhead Ferries' SS Bidston steams off more purposefully than these loafers at the Pier Head, in May 1959. At Georges Stage, right, is the near-new Wallasey Ferries' Royal Daffodil and an Isle of Man turbine steamer

Seemingly a stunted-up picture in the stokehold of one of the many Mersey coal-fired tugs, our man with the shoveller's brow looks suspiciously unsweated, his vest a paler shade of white and the fire slightly unlit - no matter, it's another lost scene that was familiar right into the 1960s

Still above the waves, HMS Aeneas (submarine No 1144), is manoeuvred into Cammell Laird's fitting out basin, Birkenhead, after launch on October 25, 1945. Right is the bow of Ellerman City Line's brand new City of Carlisle.


Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, aboard the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board's steam tender Galatea with two large loudspeakers perched on the bow, open Liverpool Docks' new Waterloo entrance lock on May 30, 1940

The Dock Board's floating crane Atlas loads two motor coaches from Renown Coachways of Barnsley on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet's 1929-vintage Peveril, presumably for work on the island, in April 1960 (MM063

Clutching all manner of cases and bags, well-dressed holiday-makers (including school children in pipe-edged uniforms) stream aboard an Isle of Man steamer at Princes Landing Stage, on August 2, 1963 (MM064

A fabulous set of Salford matrons are served by Dora Bryan look-a-like stewardess Dorothy Boote, aboard the Cammell Laird-built SS Ben-my-Chree (IV), during one of the steamer's last voyages, on September 10, 1965 (MM065

This year is the 175th anniversary of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co, the world's oldest passenger line and synonymous with the Mersey. The outstanding 1930 turbine steamer Lady of Mann was its "Centenary Ship", still looking magnificent on her last voyage from Liverpool in August 1971, aged 41 years (MM061

Territorial Army members crowd the rails of Manxman (I) on arrival at Liverpool after camping at Ramsey, IoM, c1938/9, with Capt George Woods on the bridge wing, right (MM062

Returning home aboard Io MSPCo's first car ferry, Manx Maid, after the Manx Grand Prix in 1976, were Peter Thompson and Shaun Gleeson, with their steed, a Norton Commando. The ship was full due to a seamen's strike the next day (MM066

A dolly bird secretary, centre left , eyes the camera, but otherwise the commuters are immersed behind newspapers or deep in thought aboard a Mersey ferry sometime in the 1960s

According to the clock on the two-year-old Royal Liver Building it's 2.37pm on a clear day some time in July 1913. The Cunard Building is still on the drawing board for the gap between the Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, at the Pier Head. Two Birkenhead Ferries are on the right and a Wallasey ferry, either Daffodil or Iris is on left


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Date:Sep 13, 2005
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