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Early Harrison

18 January 2010 by stepheng

painting of a large sailing ship

‘West Derby off Egremont’ by Thomas Dove, from the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.

Like most boys of my generation, spotting trains, boats, planes and buses was my hobby. It started with car number plates before graduating to ships when I was in my mid teens.

This was the early 1960s and Liverpool was still a great port to look at vessels before tight security and containerisation swept away the old scenes.

I would cycle along the dock road or take the ferry to Birkenhead and Wallasey Docks. Among the many ships I recorded were those of the famous Harrison Line whose vessels were once common on the River Mersey and in ports throughout the world. Read more…