Posts by Rebecca
There was an impressive arrival at the Maritime Museum today, as the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos berthed outside the museum in the Canning Half Tide Basin. The British built vessel is a training ship operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and is due to spend the winter next to the museum.
There’s more info on the Trust and the Stavros S Niarchos, on the Tall Ships website.
Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History, has some exciting news to share:-
“Congratulations to two of our longstanding volunteers on the Edmund Gardner Pilot ship, who have been honoured with national awards. James Dulson and George Collinson were awarded the prestigious Marsh Volunteer award which recognises outstanding volunteers in the conservation of historic vessels in the UK. George attended the awards ceremony on HMS Belfast in London which was presented by TV personality Julia Bradbury. Read more…
9 July 2013 by Rebecca
Today marks 60 years to the day since the former pilot ship Edmund Gardner was launched. For 28 years the Edmund Gardner was used as base at sea for Liverpool pilots, who would be transferred from the Edmund Gardner to inbound ships to guide them into Liverpool, or off ships they had guided out of the port. Read more…
29 May 2013 by Rebecca
Today marks the anniversary of the sinking of ‘Empress of Ireland’, which sank on 29 May 1914 at around 2.30am.
‘Empress of Ireland’, along with her sister ship ‘Empress of Britain’, were built for the Canadian Pacific line. They provided a weekly service from Liverpool in 1906. They quickly became popular due to their speed, size and comfort.
On her last journey, the ‘Empress of Ireland’ set off from Quebec, Canada, and collided with the Norwegian ship ‘Storstad’ in thick fog in the Saint Lawrence River. The ‘Empress of Ireland’ sank within 15 minutes and 1,012 passengers and crew lost their lives only a few miles from the shore. Read more…
Lorna Hyland, Assistant Librarian at the Merseyside Maritime Museum Archives shares this update:
Liverpool’s Literary Festival, “In Other Words” is now drawing to a close and as the festival celebrated the city’s reputation for producing much loved story-tellers, poets, authors and playwrights, I thought I’d mention the library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Read more…
Everyone at the Merseyside Maritime Museum welcomes the arrival of a very impressive and grand visitor to Liverpool. Cunard’s Queen Mary II docked at the pier head landing stage in the early hours of this morning. It’s the first time in forty five years that passengers can sail on a Cunard liner from the Pier head waterfront.
Pulling up at the lights during my commute into the office, the QM2 dwarves the neighbouring buildings and certainly has the wow factor with her classic red funnel. Read more…
14 November 2012 by Rebecca
Ian Murphy, Curator of Martime History and Deputy Head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum reports:
Seafaring is a perilous occupation and this year the world has commemorated the lives lost in the sinking of Titanic. 10 years after this disaster however, another White Star ship was involved in dramatic events that had a much happier outcome.
90 year’s ago today, the White Star liner Pittsburgh under the command of Captain Thomas Jones was involved in the rescue of all 45 crew members of the Italian ship Monte Grappa in the mid Atlantic. Read more…
12 October 2012 by Rebecca
There are still events happening for the centenary year of Titanic’s sinking for people who are interested in the tragic tale of the ship. Ian Murphy, Deputy Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum is speaking at the Titanic Talks event organised by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool at 6pm on 16 October along with Dr John Foster of Queen’s University, Belfast. Read more…
19 September 2012 by Rebecca
Michelle Walsh, Assistant Curator Maritime History, writes about a recently unpacked object from the reserve collection:-
Whilst in our store last week I unpacked a rather fabulous object from the collection: an asymmetrical spinnaker sail from the Opera class sailing dinghy Valkyrie. All the boats in this class are named after a different opera, Valkyrie being named after Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), second of the four operas that form the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Read more…
29 August 2012 by Rebecca
The Red Ensign or “Red Duster” is the offical flag of the British merchant marine (or fleet)
Sunday 2nd September marks National Merchant Navy Day which commemorates the 40,000 seafarers who died whilst in Britain’s Merchant Navy during the Second World War.
Those seafarers ranged in age from 14 years old to 78 years old, and also included 8,500 Asian seaman and seafarers from across the World who served in the British Merchant Navy.
The 3rd September marks the day when war was officially declared between Britain and Germany, and the nearest Sunday to this date is usually chosen to commemorate National Merchant Navy Day. This year the 2nd is the closet Sunday, and there will be a midday service at Our Lady & St Nicholas’ seafarers Church in Chapel Street, Liverpool.
After the church service there will be a parade from the Pier head, please see the link for details. Read more…