Since my unforgetable trip half way around the world to the town of my forebears (Liverpool) two years ago, I have been mulling over an idea.
So now I'm starting to write a historical adventure novel which starts off in 1862 in Liverpool.
My character wants to set off for Argentina. I have a few questions:
1 I understand that the sailing vessels for South America sailed from Waterloo dock.
2 Where would the ticket have been bought? From a ticket office? Where? I read somewhere that an Irishman negotiated the price of his ticket directly with the ship's captain. So where would this have taken place? Did the ticket include the passenger's name on it?
3 Did/do the docks have a wall around them, to restrict entry? If so how high? Stone or red brick?
4 Where would the cotton porters have gone to be hired on a daily basis? Outside the dock gates? Who hired them? A "foreman" or what was his title?Which docks? What was the going daily rate for a cotton porter in 1862?
Sorry to be such a pest but I want to get it right.