Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a special free talk next week:
“Who ensures the safe passage of shipping into and out of the Port of Liverpool? The Liverpool Pilots!
The sea approaches to Liverpool have always been difficult waters to navigate, so the Liverpool Pilot Service was established in 1766 to safely guide ships into the port. For almost 30 years our own ship the Edmund Gardner – the largest object in our collections – provided a base for the service in the Irish Sea.
On Wednesday 2 April at 2pm join retired Liverpool Pilot John Curry at Merseyside Maritime Museum for a lively talk about the role and importance of the pilotage service in the Port of Liverpool. John will also read excerpts from his new book ‘East a Half South’, which includes many anecdotes from his 49 year career.
The talk is free and there’s no need to book, just drop in for what will be a fascinating look at an aspect of Liverpool’s maritime history past and present. See the What’s on page for further details of the talk.”
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