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Archive 90: Around the Mersey Waterfront

Photographs  John H. Luxton 1995 - 2010

During the 1990s the area around the Mersey waterfront at Birkenhead and Liverpool was undergoing change. This change continued into the "naughties".

At Birkenhead the first section of the Heritage Tramway opened - running between Woodside Ferry Terminal and the dock transit shed at Pacific Road. Later, with the extension of the tramway the Pacific Road transit shed would become a theatre. One of the two Hong Kong trams purpose built for the tramway can be seen here in 1995

A new arrival on the waterfront in spring 1996 was U534 seen shortly after arrival at the Historic Warships Site in East Float. Also present at this time and visible in these views was the American PS WILLOW which was being rebuilt for static use in Spain.

It would appear from internet searches that PS (USS) WILLOW is currently abandoned and defunct at Benalmedena.
In 1997 the public realm area around the Woodside Ferry Terminal was revamped - a replica of the Birkenhead built submarine RESURGAM was installed as well as an attractive water feature which included to Eastham Channel buoys on the site of the former floating roadway. Sadly the water feature has not been maintained and presents a careworn appearance in 2010.
Memorial to the Heroes of The Marine Engine Room  - 1998Pier Head area in 1996Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Station - George's Dock.Liverpool waterfront in 1995.

The changes on the Liverpool side of the river have been quite dramatic between 1995 and 2010. Here are a selection of views taken in 1995 and 1998.

 Cunard Building 1998Port of Liverpool Building 1998A traffic free Strand - 1995

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