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Blue Star on the Dingle


When Liverpool had it's garden festival way back in 1984 a new road along the River Mersey was created to allow access. Along the Dingle Esplanade public works of art were placed to celebrate Liverpool's connection with the sea. Some of these took the shape of ship's funnels in the livery of shipping lines associated with the port. They appear never to have been maintained though and the only one still in it's original finish appears to be the Blue Star Line, complete with rust and bits missing. Maybe one day they will be restored.

The Blue Star Line was founded by the Vestey family, butchers from Liverpool, to carry their chilled beef from Argentina and other South American countries, where they had large cattle ranches and freezer works. It was formed in 1911. Their ships with their distinctive funnels were familiar sights across the Atlantic for many years untill they were sold to P&O Nedlloyd in 1998.

Blue Star on the Dingle


When Liverpool had it's garden festival way back in 1984 a new road along the River Mersey was created to allow access. Along the Dingle Esplanade public works of art were placed to celebrate Liverpool's connection with the sea. Some of these took the shape of ship's funnels in the livery of shipping lines associated with the port. They appear never to have been maintained though and the only one still in it's original finish appears to be the Blue Star Line, complete with rust and bits missing. Maybe one day they will be restored.

The Blue Star Line was founded by the Vestey family, butchers from Liverpool, to carry their chilled beef from Argentina and other South American countries, where they had large cattle ranches and freezer works. It was formed in 1911. Their ships with their distinctive funnels were familiar sights across the Atlantic for many years untill they were sold to P&O Nedlloyd in 1998.

comments (12)

  • sherri
  • United States
  • 14 Mar 2008, 04:13
Lovely photo, interesting history, and exceptional manipulation. They all come together for a wonderful image.
Les Auld: Thanks Sherri, glad you like it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Mar 2008, 06:25
So they built floating butcher vans. Quite a story and I bet they made a fortune.

Excellent picture and conversion.
Les Auld: Indeed they did Louis, thanks for the comment.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 14 Mar 2008, 08:25
The processing gives this a dated feel to it and I very much like it.
Les Auld: Thanks Kathryn, that is the sort of feel I was aiming for.
I remember the corned beef scandal - celebrated by me as a child as I hated the stuff!

I think it is good to let them weather - not a big fan of pristine ;o)

good shot btw.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, I keep getting reminded of the scandal by my wife each time I open a can.
Whatever happened to the garden festival site Les? Last time I saw it there was a security fence round it and it was an overgrown mess - a great pity.
Les Auld: Still overgrown, the pavillion has been demolished and there are arguements over what should be done with the place. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 14 Mar 2008, 09:42
I love the clolours and the contrast between what seem to be so "clean" and this old "blue star" ...
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, glad you like it.
Hope they can maintain it in this state of slow decay and don't have to repaint it again the future. Not sure about your sky processing er was it really needed? Very interesting blurb Les. richard
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment Richard, I was trying for a distressed postcard look, hence the work on the sky.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 15 Mar 2008, 06:15
I am one who LOVES that "distressed postcard look," Les. If ever I figure out how to do it some day, I will may do it myself! smile
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, it is not too difficult, import a texture, play about with layers and Bob's your uncle.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Mar 2008, 10:54
Cracking composition and treatment Les...nice one.
Les Auld: Thanks David, glad you like it.
You've given this one that great treatment again Les and the fact there are no people in this adds to the isolation of the funnel.
Les Auld: It does tend to be a bit isolated along there anyway Brian, thanks for the comment.
A likey for this really creative work !
Les Auld: I thought the funnel just called out for a bit of distressing, thanks for the comment Zeb.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 16 Mar 2008, 22:17
Love the processing on this Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie.

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