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Liverpool (15) Ferry trip across the River Mersey on the Royal Iris ferryboat 2011 and nostalgic photos from 1965!

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Views from the Mersey ferry -a nostalgic cruise trip on the ROYAL IRIS River Mersey ferryboat.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The RMS EMPRESS OF ENGLAND moored up at the Liverpool Pier Head Landing Stage in 1965 with the Royal Liver Building behind (Pierhead landing stage = Liverpool landing stage = Princes Landing Stage). The Empress of England was built in 1956-1957 at the shipyards of Armstrong Vickers, Newcastle, England by the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company for the trans-Atlantic run from Liverpool to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The ferry ROYAL IRIS arriving to pick the keen tourists of this well know attraction at Liverpool's Pier Head landing stage in 2011, the Mersey ferry boats were once an essential commuter link between the Wirral (Birkenhead, Wallasey, New Brighton, Seacombe etc.) and the City of Liverpool.

 

The ROYAL IRIS was the first diesel-electric ferry used on the River Mersey

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The DEVONIA, London, moored at the Pierhead landing stage in 1965. The DEVONIA started life as the SS Devonshire one of the fleet of vessels of the Bibby Line.

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: 1965 Notice all the tugboats moored alongside the DEVONIA, the River Mersey was much busier even in the 1960s.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The ROYAL IRIS is quite a historic ferryboat - it was the first 'Diesel-Electric Ferry' used on the River Mersey. Apart from a history of transporting commuters between Liverpool and the Wirral, the Royal Iris still takes tourists on the popular cruise up the Manchester Ship Canal. Its also been the venue for pop groups and discos!

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: 1965 The RMS SYLVANIA on the River Mersey in 1965. The Sylvania was built in 1957 and the 4th and last of the Cunard Line ships of the Liverpool based Saxonia class shipping vessels for the Liverpool to Quebec, Montreal passage via Greenock in Scotland. She did the last passenger trip to New York in 1966.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The coaster-dredger LUNESDALE on the River Mersey in 1965. The Lunesdale was one of several sand-dredgers operating in the estuary of the River Mersey. I think she was scrapped in 1968.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Another dredger operating in the Mersey estuary in 1965.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The ferry leaving the landing stage at the Liverpool Pierhead ..

 

... and passing the 'new' tall apartment blocks

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking across to the Birkenhead-Seacombe bank of the River Mersey

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looked at lot different in 1965! I.O.M. boat on the left? Empress of England on the right.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The DEVONIA, in a scene a bit different in 1965 - look at all the cranes, most of which have gone.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking towards Birkenhead-Woodside

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: This picture shows the now bricked-up entrance to Salisbury Dock on the Liverpool side of the river. The tower is the Victoria Clock Tower and the large brick building is the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, which is supposed to be the largest brick building in the world.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking towards New Brighton on the left and the mouth and estuary of the River Mersey

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking towards New Brighton (on the right) in 1965, several ships in the Mersey estuary.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Do you recognise anybody from 1965? You can just get a glimpse of the 60s fashion!

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People on the River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: 1965

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: New Brighton and the old fort - actually the Perch Rock Battery

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Perch Rock Battery fort in 1965, small lighthouse on the right

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking up river, Liverpool Pierhead on left, Birkenhead on the right

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking upstream to the Pierhead in 1965

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Wallasey Town Hall on the Wirral

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: All the new buildings on the 'new-look' Liverpool waterfront.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Seacombe landing stage, the tall building on the right is one of the air ventilation stations for the second Mersey road Tunnel

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Looking towards the Mersey estuary from the ROYAL IRIS

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: An S Line cargo ship? in 2011 - Extra Note from David Richerby who kindly emailed me the following in November 2012 "The caption of one of the shots says "An S Line cargo ship? in 2011". The ship in question is the Stena Line passenger and car ferry Lagan Seaways, which sails daily between Birkenhead and Belfast. At the time you took the photo, the service was in the process of being transferred from DFDS Seaways to Stena Line. DFDS and Stena had agreed the sale but it was awaiting regulatory approval. At that point, the two ferries Lagan Seaways and Mersey Seaways only carried the Stena branding on their funnels; they've now both been repainted into Stena's white livery and renamed Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey. Before that, the two ships were easily distinguished, as Mersey Seaways was painted red and white."

David Richerby also helped me to correct some caption titles that were wrong in some detail or other - many thanks Richard for taking the trouble to email me.

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The SYLVANIA on the River Mersey in 1965.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The ventilation plant on the Wirral side of the first Mersey road tunnel, in the foreground is one of the port's pilot vessels (Liverpool Pilot boat Dunlin, I think?) [which I originally thought was a passing RNLI lifeboat travelling at high speed!]

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Pierhead riverfront viewed from the Royal Iris ferry

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The new scenario!

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Woodside landing stage for Birkenhead - on the right the tall building of the  ventilation plant on the Wirral side of the first Mersey road tunnel

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline - the 'Three Graces' The smallish modern building in the middle, in front of the Cunard Building is the Pier Head ferry terminal building, which also houses part of the Beatles Experience exhibition and a restaurant

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline with the Royal Liver Building taking centre stage

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: 1965

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: In the centre an 'Isle of Man' boat? 1965

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Liverpool river-front skyline

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: EMPRESS OF ENGLAND and the Royal Liver Building in 1965

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Three Graces' and the Pier Head ferry terminal building, with its main window looking out over the River Mersey.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: 'The Three Graces' and in front the Pierhead landing stage

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The EMPRESS OF ENGLAND, London, moored at the Pier Head landing stage in 1965

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: On the right is another Mersey ferryboat just coming into the landing stage at the Pierhead.

 

River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: Goodbye faithful ROYAL IRIS, still going strong!, thanks for a lovely nostalgic journey!

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: EMPRESS OF ENGLAND in 1965, registered in London, tied up where you now see the ROYAL IRIS

 

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The Pier Head landing stage in 1965

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River Mersey Ferry Trip Scenes: The fire tug VALIANT in 1965, was one of two firefighting tugboats operating from the old Liverpool Landing Stage.


The River Mersey upstream!

View from the train approaching the railway bridge and road bridges over the River Mersey at Runcorn.

 

The fine looking road bridge over the River Mersey from Runcorn to Widnes.

 

The wide start of the River Mersey estuary from the railway train, Runcorn on the left, photo from the Widnes side.

 

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LIVERPOOL INDEX: Liverpool (1) The Albert Dock, Salthouse Dock, Canning Dock and Wapping Dock Area  Liverpool (2) The Pierhead and 'Three Graces' Buildings Area  Liverpool (3) The 'NEW' Museum of Liverpool  Liverpool (4) The Maritime Museum and The International Museum of Slavery  Liverpool (5) Lime Street Station, Mount Pleasant and University Area  Liverpool (6) Bold Street Area, Bluecoat School Chambers and St Luke's Church  Liverpool (7) The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King & Crypt  Liverpool (8) The Anglican Cathedral  Liverpool (9) A Miscellany of Buildings  Liverpool (10) St George's Hall Area & William Brown Street Liverpool (11) The Walker Art Gallery  Liverpool (12) The World Museum  Liverpool (13) YHA Youth Hostel and some places to eat and drink  Liverpool (14) A Ferry Trip on the River Mersey Ferryboat the ROYAL IRIS

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