Our River Mersey
Images on the River Mersey, past and Present
As far as this site is concerned, the river
extends Eastham to New Brighton
The Mersey Ferry is on
its own page
Melita - Footnote on this ship. She became the
and was sunk in an
Allied (yes Allied) air raid on 22 Jan 1941.
Tranmere Oil Terminal, this area was formerly
Empress of Canada 1969
Lusitania about 1905-06
Sunset on Mersey
5th May 2008
rather 'hazy' shots are extreme
zoom at shipping out in the bay
Gopa built 1984 and broken up in Alang,
Tugs off Crosby await an inbound vessel. The Gopa.
Steam Packet Company's Fast Track Viking ship.
Shortly after this was taken she rammed the Landing stage and put a hole in
Caught by a gust of wind she hit a concrete pontoon.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited
(abbreviated to IOMSPCo.) (Manx - Sheshaght
Phaggad Bree Ellan Vannin) is the oldest
continuously operating passenger shipping company in the world, celebrating its
180th anniversary in 2010.
Navion Britannia is a Shuttle Tanker. Nearly
73000 tons. Built 1998. Owner: Teekay Shipping. Reg: Nassau.
Stolt Egret is a chemical tanker. Cayman Flag.
Svitzer Bidston. Built 2004.
Svitzer Stanlow. Built: 2006
Pembroke Fisher. Built 1997. Oil Products Tanker.
Stolt Skua. Built 1999. Oil & Chemical Tanker.
'Katerina' Bulk Carrier. Leaving Gladstone dock.
Limassol Registered. Built in Japan 2004. 76000 ton. Owner: Safe Bulker
Lord Hinton. Bulk Carrier built in 1986.
June 6th 2012
rough estuary at New Brighton
Oct 2012. I would not go up that ladder for £1m !!!
This vessel is way out on the Bar, emerging from
the autumn mists
James Jackson Grundy & below, in the Mersey
Franz Shulte (more below) high zoom shot when out by the Bar. Mar 2014
Zoom shot when still a way out
Unknown vessel out at the Bar
Stena Mersey leaving the port March 2014
Thats a big propeller!!
finally, the Franz Schulte arrives at the
Where did she suddenly sprout the containers?
They are behind the vessel!!
STM Waterloo awaiting the Franz Schulte
Stena Mersey - taken from St Hilarys Brow,
life in a cemetery!!
Quite a few of these images and
mine and some are from various contributors
via local history groups on Facebook
made in China, arrive on the river for Peel Ports, who own the entire
dockland of Liverpool and Birkenhead too.
I am surprised that this
company still allow cross dock traffic as they are a very 'bolshy'
company. I know, I 'crossed them'.
The River Mersey's name is derived from the
Anglo-Saxon language and translates as "boundary river". The river may
have been the border between the ancient kingdoms of Mercia and
Northumbria and for centuries it formed part of the boundary between the
historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.
The start of the Mersey is at the confluence of
the River Tame and River Goyt in Stockport, it flows Westwards towards
Warrington where the river widens before it then narrows as it passes
between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes. From Runcorn the river widens
into a large estuary, which is 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point
near Ellesmere Port. The course of the river then heads north, with
Liverpool to the east and the Wirral Peninsula to the west and finishes at
Liverpool Bay. In total the river flows 70.33 miles (113 km).
Two road tunnels pass under the estuary from
Liverpool, the Queensway Tunnel opened in 1934 connecting the city to
Birkenhead, and the Kingsway Tunnel, opened in 1971, connects with
Silver Jubilee Bridge completed in 1961, crosses between Runcorn and
Widnes. There is a Railway bridge adjacent to the Silver Jubilee Bridge
and between Liverpool
and Birkenhead there is a railway tunnel. The Mersey Ferry operates
Head in Liverpool and
Seacombe and has become a tourist attraction offering cruises that
provide an overview of the river and surrounding areas.
Water quality in the Mersey was severely affected
by industrialisation, and in 1985, the Mersey Basin Campaign was
established to improve water quality and encourage waterside regeneration.
In 2009 it was announced that the river is "cleaner than at any time since
the industrial revolution" and is "now considered one of the cleanest in
the UK". (copied from wikipedia with alterations).
Nothing at all to do with the
river, but a maritime one in a lifetime chance.
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through
the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The
navigator had just finished working out a star
fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The
Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LON 179 30' W. The date was 31
"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're
only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the
International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take
full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of
a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge
to check & double check the ships position. He changed course
slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine
speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor.
At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point
where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this
bizarre position were many:
The bow of
the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The stern was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two
different months, two different years, and two different seasons, but it
was also in two different centuries - all at
the same time.