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Ships of the Mersey: A Photographic History Paperback – December 15, 2008
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Ian Collard a well-known local author and has written many books on ocean liners and cargo ships, particularly those sailing out of Liverpool. Acknowledged as one of the local experts, he has even appeared on radio to tell of his times as an author. He lives in the Wirral, within sight and sound of the Mersey.
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and passenger trade in the port of Liverpool just before the shift to containers and mass airline travel. Intercontinental vessels, European and regional coastal vessels, and the local support vessels that were a familiar sight to residents and visitors are all displayed. The pictures were taken with a popular, not fancy artistic camera, mostly from the landing stage, ferry and Isle of Man boats on which the author was a devoted seasonal traveller. Not only are the great Cunard, Canadian Pacific, Elder Dempster, and Pacific Steam Navigation Company passenger liners here, but also the Alfred Holt, Ellerman, Hall and Clan line cargo ships too.There are some glimpses of docks, especially graving and layup docks on the Wirral side of the river, but the focus is primarily on the ships. The men that worked them are largely absent, as are the passengers, whether emigrant or simply rush hour city workers.
Nor is there any strong representation of the loading and unloading of cargo, the embarcation of passengers, the security and customs precautions, the vast shipping offices. Ships, ships, ships, and what variety: from the regular transatlantic liners to the Irish and IOM boats, ferries, salvage vessels and giant floating cranes. Of course, there is no sound, no fog horns, hooters, lifeboat maroons, wash of the IOM boats each day along the Wallasey beaches. Nor is there any sense of what nowadays would be termed "environmental consequences," that is the debris from storms, launchings and repairs, thrown over foreign matter, not to mention all those Mersey goldfish. Pilot boats are here, but no storms, fogs, spring tides, sandbanks. Collard shows the vast stregth of the port as a loyal and loving bystander. The story of the waters is yet to be written, both past and future, but this is a stirring tribute to the Mersey Docks and Harbor Board and its handling of nearly twenty thousand vessels and forty million tons of cargo a year. Looking back, The story of World War Two, the nineteenth century, the Napoleaonic Wars, the twelfth century ferries or the fishing fleets is yet to be told. The cruise line and container future is yet to come. They that go down to the sea in ships.....