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Royal Daffodil

It would not be a collection of photographs from Liverpool without a picture of the ferry Cross the Mersey, There has been a ferry here since 1150 when the monks of the priory at Birkenhead. started a small ferry crossing, rowing people across the river for a small fee. Things have progressed somewaht since then and we now have boats with engines in them and Birkenhead Priory is a ruin, but bits of it are still there.

Today there are three boats in the fleet, this is the Royal Daffodil, originally the Mountwood until it was refurbished in 1998/1999. The "Royal" prefix was granted to the ferries Iris and Daffodil for their service during Word War 1 where they were instrumental at the Mole inZeebruge. Both ferries were badly damaged by returned home to a triumphant greeting. There have been several Royal daffodils since then.

This was also the boat that was used in the film "Ferry Cross The Mersey" and also in the subsequent hit song by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Royal Daffodil

It would not be a collection of photographs from Liverpool without a picture of the ferry Cross the Mersey, There has been a ferry here since 1150 when the monks of the priory at Birkenhead. started a small ferry crossing, rowing people across the river for a small fee. Things have progressed somewaht since then and we now have boats with engines in them and Birkenhead Priory is a ruin, but bits of it are still there.

Today there are three boats in the fleet, this is the Royal Daffodil, originally the Mountwood until it was refurbished in 1998/1999. The "Royal" prefix was granted to the ferries Iris and Daffodil for their service during Word War 1 where they were instrumental at the Mole inZeebruge. Both ferries were badly damaged by returned home to a triumphant greeting. There have been several Royal daffodils since then.

This was also the boat that was used in the film "Ferry Cross The Mersey" and also in the subsequent hit song by Gerry and the Pacemakers.

comments (4)

  • Ellie
  • a puddle
  • 5 Jul 2007, 23:29
Yes, that's the song I always think of when I see these ferries, can't possibly not. I didn't know of the proud history of these little boats though. Thanks for that smile
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Ellie, I've got to agree these are great little boats, just love traveling on them.
  • Kay
  • Pacific Northwest - rain country
  • 6 Jul 2007, 03:01
Wonderful story with a wonderful image. Thank you for sharing the history.
Les Auld: Thanks Kay, glad you liked it.
  • Alistair
  • www.digiphotology.com
  • 6 Jul 2007, 08:25
They say nostalgia is not what it used to be, this is pure nostalgia, I spent many a happy day as a child tooing and frowing across the Mersey on the Ferries. I hate to say it but I remember the Transporter Ferry that not only took passengers but horses and carts, steam lorries and those horrible wagons with internal combustion engines plus hundreds of cyclists! Pity you can no longer travel to New Brighton! Or watch the steam engines!

Enough of this, great memories and photograph.
Les Auld: How true, my memories of the ferries in the 1950s and 60s are probably a bit skeweed. I don't remeber the transporter ferry but can remember the hundreds of people at the Pier Head on a sunny weekend waiting for the ferry to Wallesey or New Brighton. Great days.

I do love travelling on them though. When I first lived in Birmingham in 1970 I used to come home on motorbike up the A41 to Birkenhead with the deliberate intention of traveling across on the ferry, no Mersey Tunnel for me in those days.

Glad you liked it anyway.
I've always had romantic ideas about the Mersey, from the songs and books that use it as there muse. Never seen it. Love the moody sky and the cranes against the sky
Les Auld: Don't know about the romance but I must admit to liking the Mersey and the ships on it, Glad you liked the image.

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