History of the dock complex on the Wirral;
Morpeth & Egerton Docks open after years of planning and political plotting.
The Great Float opens. It has been formed by closing Wallasey Pool and using Egerton Dock as an
entrance. It is planned as a link to other docks that will be built off its quays, but instead will become a
dock in its own right. It will have 110 acres of water and more than four miles of quays. It is split into
East (1851) and West (1860) Floats.
Emigrants are leaving East Float on ships bound for Australia.