Our River Mersey
Images on the River Mersey, past and Present
and was sunk in an Allied (yes Allied) air raid on 22 Jan 1941.
5th May 2008
rather 'hazy' shots are extreme zoom at shipping out in the bay
Gopa built 1984 and broken up in Alang, 2010
Steam Packet Company's Fast Track Viking ship.
Shortly after this was taken she rammed the Landing stage and put a hole in
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Limited
(abbreviated to IOMSPCo.) (Manx - Sheshaght
Phaggad Bree Ellan Vannin) is the oldest
Navion Britannia is a Shuttle Tanker. Nearly 73000 tons. Built 1998. Owner: Teekay Shipping. Reg: Nassau.
Pembroke Fisher. Built 1997. Oil Products Tanker. Bahamas flag.
June 6th 2012
Oct 2012. I would not go up that ladder for £1m !!!
Franz Shulte (more below) high zoom shot when out by the Bar. Mar 2014
Quite a few of these images and mine and some are from various contributors via local history groups on Facebook
The River Mersey's name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon language and translates as "boundary river". The river may have been the border between the ancient kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria and for centuries it formed part of the boundary between the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.
The start of the Mersey is at the confluence of the River Tame and River Goyt in Stockport, it flows Westwards towards Warrington where the river widens before it then narrows as it passes between the towns of Runcorn and Widnes. From Runcorn the river widens into a large estuary, which is 3 miles (4.8 km) wide at its widest point near Ellesmere Port. The course of the river then heads north, with Liverpool to the east and the Wirral Peninsula to the west and finishes at Liverpool Bay. In total the river flows 70.33 miles (113 km).
Two road tunnels pass under the estuary from Liverpool, the Queensway Tunnel opened in 1934 connecting the city to Birkenhead, and the Kingsway Tunnel, opened in 1971, connects with Wallasey. The Silver Jubilee Bridge completed in 1961, crosses between Runcorn and Widnes. There is a Railway bridge adjacent to the Silver Jubilee Bridge and between Liverpool and Birkenhead there is a railway tunnel. The Mersey Ferry operates between Pier Head in Liverpool and Woodside in Birkenhead and Seacombe and has become a tourist attraction offering cruises that provide an overview of the river and surrounding areas.
Water quality in the Mersey was severely affected by industrialisation, and in 1985, the Mersey Basin Campaign was established to improve water quality and encourage waterside regeneration. In 2009 it was announced that the river is "cleaner than at any time since the industrial revolution" and is "now considered one of the cleanest in the UK". (copied from wikipedia with alterations).