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    Did I imagine this or did it really happen?
    I seem to recall that a boat, carrying cattle from Ireland to Birkenhead sank in the River Mersey.
    Many of the cattle drowned but some swam ashore. The boat would have been bound for Birkenhead. Once in the docks, the cattle would then be driven along the special cattle runs, along the river wall. they would then been driven, along the public roads by herders to the slaughter house. I seem to recall cattle being driven along Rose Brae from the docks.


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    That is so. Some cattle swam ashore on Crosby beach. The cattle came ashore where 12-Quays is now. The cattle walked along the river wall and over a locks gate. There was hoardings so they did not see the water. They walked into the large slaughter house complex which was between Woodside and Birkenhead Docks. They did not go along public roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    That is so. Some cattle swam ashore on Crosby beach. The cattle came ashore where 12-Quays is now. The cattle walked along the river wall and over a locks gate. There was hoardings so they did not see the water. They walked into the large slaughter house complex which was between Woodside and Birkenhead Docks. They did not go along public roads.
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    That slaughterhouse complex was called the Lairage. One of the cattle boats I recall was called the Dundalk. We had her in Lairds for repairs in the early sixties. I was working ashore at the time as a stager in the yard and I remember erecting a platform for riveters to work on in the hold. It stank!
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    I have just submitted a long reply to this thread , but it was not accepted because it claimed I was not logged in ,when in fact I was ! Why ! Ron

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    That's happened to me as though you're timed out, but you shouldn't lose your reply, so when you re-log in, it will still appear.
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    It's happened to me a few times. It drives you mad if you lose a long post after taking a long time to type.
    Maybe If you're not fast at typing like me, it might be advisable to type everything in a word document first at your own pace, then copy it straight over to reply post.

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