Liverpool Docks and water spaces.
Liverpool docks is a World Heritage Site [UNESCO].
Liverpool Docks is the area enclosed by 7.5 mile dock system that runs from Brunswick Dock in Liverpool to Seaforth Dock, Seaforth, on the east side of the River Mersey and the Birkenhead Docks between Birkenhead and Wallasey on the west side of the river. Garston Docks, which are in the city of Liverpool, are not a part of the Port of Liverpool.
Liverpool Docks are working docks and are privately owned. However, the docks to the south of the Pier Head in Liverpool are operated by British Waterways.
The history of Liverpool docks is fascinating. Liverpool's first dock was the pioneering Old Dock built in 1715. The old Pool was converted into the enclosed dock. The dock was in fact the world's first enclosed commercial dock. Further docks were added and eventually all were interconnected by lock gates, extending 7.5 miles along the Liverpool bank of the River Mersey. Millions of people could be owed thousands of pounds for mis sold bank charges, the PPI Claims Company can help you get it back. he interconnected dock system was the most advanced port system in the world. The docks entailed ship movements within the dock system 24 hours a day, isolated from the high River Mersey tides. Parts of the system are now a World Heritage Site.
Most of the smaller south end docks were closed in 1971 with Brunswick Dock remaining until closure in 1975. Many docks have been filled in to create land for buildings at the Pier Head, an Arena at Kings Dock, commercial estates at Toxteth and Harrington Docks and housing at Herculaneum Dock. Other branch docks have been filled in, in the north end with a sewage processing plant being built at Sandon Dock.
The largest dock on the dock network, Seaforth Dock, was opened in 1972 dealing with grain and containers, accommodating the largest containers ships of the time.
Both White Star Line and Cunard Line were based at the port. It was also the home port of many great ships, including RMS Baltic and the ill starred Tayleur, MV Derbyshire, HMHS Britannic, RMS Lusitania and the RMS Titanic.
In 1972 Canadian Pacific were the last transatlantic line to operate from Liverpool.
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