Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Leaving of Liverpool

wednesday morning came round all too soon and we left our berth in Salthouse dock to meet the
C & RT staff  to see us on our way.
We spent our last two days catching up with the rest of the sights of the city. On Monday we went on the 'Magical Mystery tour' which took us to see all the beatles related locations around the city. All the Beatles childhood homes, Penny lane, Strawberry Fields, and a host of others. Some were as we had imagined, and others came as a surprise. Inevitably the tour finished up at 'The Cavern' where we spent the afternoon enjoying the live music and their own 'Cavern Ale'
We had been told that a visit to the Central Library was a must, so, on Tuesday, after breakfast in the North Western, one of the many 'Spoons' in Liverpool, we made our way there.
The original facade gives no clue to the new interior that lies behind. Stairs and escalators climb up the floors to a dome in the roof which floods the building with light. As the Captain spent 18 yrs. working in a school of Architecture, it is inevitable that an apreciation of some of this stuff will rub off. When it is done well it can be stunning. Unfortunately it is not always done with the skill that this mix of old and new has been.
At 8.00am we threaded our way through Albert dock, into Canning dock and the entrance to Mann Island lock. There were three boats going out on Wednesday. It was gloriously sunny morning, with hardly a ripple on the water and we were soon making our way through the various docks and tunnels until we reached the landmark clock tower where we turned right, towards the old tobacco warehouse, the largest brick building in the world! The clock tower has six faces, and was used by ships to set their chronometers as they left the port.
After being worked up the stanley locks by our team of waterways staff, we are now back on the L&L Canal and heading back into the countryside.
I have added a pic. of Oakapple on her berth, and a photo of the same dock full of sailing ships taken around 1890. You can see a forrest of masts in the other docks along the waterfront.










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