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liverpool lads at albert dock .......

Albert Dock is a major muli-purpose Liverpool attraction. It contains the largest collection of heritage (grade 1 listed) buildings in the UK. Beautifully restored, it could take days to take it all in. Its outstanding museums alone will keep you coming back. The new Tate Liverpool; the Merseyside Maritime Museum (housing a major exhibit on the Titanic, Liverpool being the doomed liner's port of registration though, tragically, she never made it there); the International Slavery Museum (an in-depth photographic exhibit on Mandela & Apartheid while I was there); and one museum dedicated solely to The Beatles Story, those Liverpool lads of global fame.

 

The original dock, opened in 1846 by Prince Albert (husband of Victoria), hence its name, was considered revolutionary in its time as its enclosed design allowed the ships to load & unload directly to & from the warehouses. 2 years later came the first hydraulic cranes used in the UK.

 

Damaged in the May Blitz of 1941, it lay unused & eventually derelict for decades. Only in 1981 did redevelopment begin, opening in its world heritage waterfront setting, in 1988, as a public space.

 

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Had only been back from UK a couple of weeks when Occupy Toronto became the focus of all my clicks so returning to posting Liverpool pics for now. Have a good week , everyone!

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Taken on September 24, 2011