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  1. Ferries and the River Mersey - Updated

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Edwards View Post
    People have been crossing the River Mersey by ferry between the Wirral and Liverpool for almost 800 years; it is thought that a group of Benedictine Monks who established a priory at Birkenhead in about 1150 were the first to start a regular service. The monks used to offer food and shelter to travellers making their way across the Mersey. As this practice caused the monks some expense, they petitioned King Edward III for the royal approval to run the ferry service, asking to charge reasonable tolls.
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  2. MV Royal Iris

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Edwards View Post
    Royal Iris

    The MV Royal Iris, was built as a twin screw, diesel-electric, former Mersey Ferry. The vessel was built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1448) and launched in December 1950, costing 256,000. Her engines were produced by Ruston & Hornsby Metropolitan-Vickers. Her weight is 1,234 gross tonnes. She is 159 feet long and 48 feet wide, with a draught of 9 feet. At least during the first decade of her life, the ship's diesel-electric propulsion made
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