Albert Dock

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 28th October 2011 by Liam Physick

One of the images donated to Metal by Eric Shenton. This photograph, taken in 1978, shows one of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks, the Albert Dock. Opened in 1846 by the husband of Queen Victoria (after whom it was named, in the first state visit to Liverpool by a member of the Royal Family), the Dock was the first structure in Britain not to contain any wood: it was also one of the first docks where ships were loaded or unloaded directly from or to the warehouses, and two years after it opened, it was modifed to accomodate the world’s first hydraulic cranes. As docking declined in importance, the Albert closed in 1972, and thus appears rather derelict in this picture. However, it was redeveloped, and reopened in 1988 by Prince Charles, and has become a major tourist attraction: the most visited multi-use attraction in Britain outside London: it is home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story (the only Beatles-themed attraction in the world), the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, the Premier Lodge hotel and numerous shops

Albert Dock

Tagged under: eric shenton, museum of liverpool, merseyside maritime museum, tate liverpool, albert dock, premier lodge hotel, the beatles story

Categorised under: Landmarks, Landscapes & Locomotives

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