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Ships of the Mersey: A Photographic History [Paperback]

Ian Collard
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15 Dec 2008
Overshadowing the port of Chester, Liverpool grew in size from the 1800s on sugar and slavery. Expanding over the following two centuries, the port has grown to take over part of the other side of the Mersey, with docks at Birkenhead, Ellesmere Port and Wallasey, as well as along the coast from Liverpool. Ian Collard brings together a superb selection of images of shipping on the river from the 1860s to the present day, looking at how the ports on either side of the river have developed and the ships which have called there. From the Mersey ferries to the greatest of ocean liners, Mersey Shippingtells the story of the ships, the people and the buildings of the Mersey docks system.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (15 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848680589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848680586
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book about life in a great maritime port of the 1960s. The photographs from the period show a busy, vibrant scene of commercial and industrial activity.

However, this was a point when shipping was about to change drastically, as the emphasis switched to the shipping of goods and general cargoes in containers. The large shipping lines restructured into new container consortiums and the big fleets of conventional ships vanished almost overnight. Along with them went the tugs, barges and ancillary industries that provided employment to thousands in the region. Today, many of Liverpool's docks and warehouses lie empty as most goods are shipped through the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal.

The twilight years of the 19602 were the last heyday of Liverpool's long maritime history and are captured in Ian Collard's striking period pictures. From the glories of Cunard to the everyday to-ing and fro-ing of coastal ferries, the busy scenes of a port at work are bought to life. Sadly, it is a scene that has gone forever, but as Liverpool's dock buildings take on new roles and the city moves into the twenty-first century, we can at least look and remember the sea-going commerce that made Liverpool great. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ian Collard grew up on the Mersey and still lives in Wallasey. This is his eighth book on Mersey shipping.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Format:Paperback
I found that this book was full of wonderful photographs that will bring many nostalgic memories back to those who buy it. People from the 60's and 70's era will be especially impressed. All in all a very good read and a wonderful way to look back. Ian Collard certainly leaves open the option for more books about this Mersey era from pre 1960's to 1980's. Would be the start of a very good collection. Well laid out and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ships of the Mersey 5 Sep 2010
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Of particular interest to me was a photo of one of my "old" ships.I had never seen this photo before.Along with the rest of the books contents anyone who remembers the heyday of the Mersey Scene will appreciate this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 26 Jan 2011
By chris
Format:Paperback
i bought this for my son for christmas,had a look at it myself and it's very good, brings back all the memories of when the river was busy, yes i am old enough to remember it all!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Memories 26 April 2012
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This is a wonderful record of a time just gone, and a chronicle of how things were. Liners, deep sea cargo ships, coasters, tugs, and the Mersey Ferries, they are all here. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MERSEY SHIPPING 28 Feb 2009
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product good. packaging poor. only cardboard cover. was left outside by royal mail in rain. product was damaged
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