|Ships of the Mersey|
|Friday, 16 July 2010 11:00|
By Ian Collard
From Baird Maritime:
Liverpool on the River Mersey was once one of the most important ports in the world. For nearly a century it was indubitably the most important passenger shipping port.
It thus oozes maritime culture and history even after half a century of steady decline.
This very valuable book is essentially a collection of photographs of the more notable steam and motor ships, ferries and tugs that frequented the Port of Liverpool from 1870 until the 1960s. Many of the photographs are accompanied by lengthy and detailed captions that provide useful historical detail.
With the introduction of containerisation and the gradual evaporation of British manufacturing Liverpool went into steep decline. Given the current condition of the British economy, it seems unlikely to return to anything like its former maritime glory.
This is what makes books such as this so important. They are not just maritime histories but commercial and cultural ones as well.
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