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    SS Great Eastern in the Mersey, 1876 This week marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival in the Mersey of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Eastern. Brunel had come up with the idea of a super-ship in 1851 with the purpose of transporting emigrants to the United States. The ship was to be six times [...]
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    Pieces of her were still being found many years later in the mud
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    Pieces of her were still being found many years later in the mud
    Interesting to hear, Joe. By the way I see that on ebay right now there is a repro circa 1888 photograph of The Great Eastern "at the end of its life, being broken for scrap on the River Mersey in 1888."

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    I agree about the fact we have no major ship as a floating attraction, considering how important our maritime heritage is.

    I would like to see a replica of the Alabama moored in the Salthouse Dock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenface View Post
    I agree about the fact we have no major ship as a floating attraction, considering how important our maritime heritage is.

    I would like to see a replica of the Alabama moored in the Salthouse Dock.
    That's an excellent suggestion, goldenface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenface View Post
    I agree about the fact we have no major ship as a floating attraction, considering how important our maritime heritage is.

    I would like to see a replica of the Alabama moored in the Salthouse Dock.
    The CSS Alabama was built on the Mersey, but I don't think it ever sailed from Liverpool.

    The blockade running was from Nassau to Charlseton and Wilmington. Goods crossed the Atlantic legally to the Bahamas in regular freighters.

    There must be another classic ship that used Liverpool frequently....

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    The CSS Alabama was built on the Mersey, but I don't think it ever sailed from Liverpool.

    The blackade running was from Nassau to Charlseton and Wilmington. Goods crossed the Atlantic legally to the Bahamas in regular freighters.

    There must be another classic ship that used Liverpool frequently....
    Hello AZ

    While I cannot claim to know the full sailing history of the CSS Alabama, I believe you are correct that apart from having been built on the Mersey, she never returned.

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