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Old Sep 2, 2007, 1:14 PM   #1
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This is Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, across the Mersey from Liverpool. The horse-drawn Birkenhead tram is from the 1890's probably. The Wolseley police car is from the 1940s.

The model battleship is of HMS Prince of Wales, built nearby, and brand newin 1941. With gunnery contractors still aboard she fought and was damaged by the battleship 'Bismarck'.Nearby wasbattlecruiser HMS Hood, which blew up from a single hit, leaving 3 survivors out of 1418.'Bismarck' took much of the British Navy to sink her. The initial decisive blow was struck in characteristically quaint British fashion by a 70mph Fairy Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber whose comradeshad nearly sunk HMS Sheffield by mistake a little earlier.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 1:23 PM   #2
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Here the Mersey Ferry "Royal Iris" and a Liverpool pilot boat race to reach the Woodside ferry terminal. The pilot boat won, just, unloaded and pulled out in time for the ferry to berth.

The tourist commentary on the Ferries opens "Welcome to theMost Famous Ferry in the World". This is presumably from the 1965 Gerry & the Pacemakers song "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey", resurrected for charity in 1989 by Paul McCartney & others. Seehttp://www.jacquedee63.com/ferryacrossthemersey.htmlfor words & synthesised music.

The Merseyferries are an important commuter route for Liverpool, as the only direct links, alongside one railandtwo road tunnels, to the large population of Birkenhead and the Wirral Peninsula. The first, very congestedbridgeis about 10 miles upstream.
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Old Sep 2, 2007, 7:24 PM   #3
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The first photo is outstanding. The second, not so good. It could benefit from zooming in more or cropping.

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Thank you for your informative commentaries as well as your pics Alan. Always appreciated.
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nice wide view of the river
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and now i have the song stuck in my head:crazy:
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........nice wide view of the river........and now i have the song stuck in my head
Thanks, and sorry! Try a Mahler Symphony, very loud, to rub the tune out.

Literally the high spot of my musical career was being the top right-hand corner singer of the choir's vast bass section, on high &steeply-raked rickety Scouse (Liverpudlian) scaffolding in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, in Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand' (we only had about 500-600), performed by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and every choral society for miles around. The cathedral is the biggest enclosed space in Britain, apart from the odd antique airship hangar.
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