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Edmund Gardner gets the thumbs up

26 June 2012 by Rebecca

Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History reports:

Pilot boat in the water, with crew in smaller boat approaching it

A punt with pilots approaching the Edmund Gardner c1960s. Collection no MDHB/EG/7/11/14

We had some great feedback recently from a family who went on one of the Edmund Gardner pilot ships tours:

“We all enjoyed the tour very much, please pass on my thanks to the guys who took us round, they made the whole experience great fun and very interesting. We spent the weekend at the dock and visited many of the attractions but we all agree that the Edmund Gardner was very much the highlight of the weekend.”

It’s great to know that visitors are enjoying the tours, and our volunteer tour guides are doing a fantastic job in bringing the history of the ship alive. Tours are still running every Thursday and Saturday until the end of September, to book a place ring 0151 478 4788.

Please note that the ship has uneven surfaces, steep stairways and low steps, meaning it is not fully accessible and unable to accommodate wheelchair users, pushchairs or prams. Please wear appropriate sensible footwear for a safe and enjoyable visit.

  1. j.swift says:

    my daughter and i also went on the edmund gardener tour last month,the tour staff were great and gave us loads of info,its a lovely boat and i would have loved to have seen it on the mersey,i think its a bit of a shame that it needs some repairs doing and hasnt got the funding,i hope the funds can be found somehow,its as much a part of the albert dock and maritime museum as the exhibits inside.please dont let it go the same way as the royal iris rotting away on the thames,she needs bringing home too,used to love going on her in the 60s and 70s.

  2. Rebecca Watkin, curator says:

    Hi Joyce, thank you for your comments, I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to the Edmund Gardner. The Edmund Gardner is the biggest object in all of the collections of National Museums Liverpool, and is part of our collections in the same way that smaller objects displayed in cases in our venues are. Her size brings with it special challenges, as does the fact that the ship is outside in an often harsh environment, exposed to the elements and changes in temperature and humidity. The reality with most historic vessels displayed outside is that looking after them is like looking after the Forth bridge; it is a never ending process of cleaning, repainting, checking and responding to issues as and when they come up. We have a small but dedicated team who work on the Edmund Gardner and the other vessels in the ship and boat collection, who do a fantastic job to keep her in a condition where visits are possible.

    Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History

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