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Report - Rock Ferry Pier,Wirral,4-10

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by kevsy21, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. kevsy21

    kevsy21 28DL Regular User
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    As with the neighbouring settlement of Rock Ferry to the north, a ferry service gave its name to the locality, with the first recorded mention of New Ferry in 1774
    The new pier and landing stage were opened on Friday 30th June 1899 by the Mayor, Alderman J T Thompson at 5.30pm, public services started at 6.30pm. Birkenhead Corporation operated the triangular service between Rock Ferry, New Ferry and Liverpool using two of the smaller existing Birkenhead boats, Mersey and Wirral.
    After the closure of the ferry, the pier and landing stage remained in use, with various organisations paying to use it, most notably being the training ships Conway and Indefatigable. In 1955 Cammel Laird bought the pier from Birkenhead Corporation for it to become part of a tanker cleaning and degreasing berth. The bridge was removed and the landing stage broken up in March 1957.
    Surprised its still standing as it is totally rotten,careful treading was needed.
    Visited with Georgie
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    Beneath the crane
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    View from the lower part of the crane
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    kevsy21 28DL Regular User
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    There are plans to restore the pier one day,as it would be cheaper then dismantling it according to an engineer.
    A lot of work is needed,as you walk along the edge, you can hear chunks falling off into the water but well worthy of a visit.
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    kevsy21 28DL Regular User
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    Pictures of the pier in its heyday as a ferry terminal.
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