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Around Canning Dock

 

Moored in Canning Dock in Liverpool, the Mersey Bar Lightship, Planet, is finally open to the public as a Cafe bar. The owner has spent £60,000 over the last three years converting the ship, overcoming planning issues, a back-log of mooring fees and problems connecting water and power to the light ship that constantly delayed the opening.

 

On the far side of Canning Dock are two ships that belong to the Mersey Maritime Museum. The three masted schooner and the Livepool Pilot Cutter Edmund Gardner.

 

The Edmund Gardner has living accomodation for thirty two pilots and was stationed in Liverpool Bay to supply pilots to guide ships into the river and docks in safety. She was finally retired in 1981.

 

schooner  pilot

 

Around Canning Dock

 

Moored in Canning Dock in Liverpool, the Mersey Bar Lightship, Planet, is finally open to the public as a Cafe bar. The owner has spent £60,000 over the last three years converting the ship, overcoming planning issues, a back-log of mooring fees and problems connecting water and power to the light ship that constantly delayed the opening.

 

On the far side of Canning Dock are two ships that belong to the Mersey Maritime Museum. The three masted schooner and the Livepool Pilot Cutter Edmund Gardner.

 

The Edmund Gardner has living accomodation for thirty two pilots and was stationed in Liverpool Bay to supply pilots to guide ships into the river and docks in safety. She was finally retired in 1981.

 

schooner  pilot

 

comments (9)

Very majestic vessels, Les. I think it's great when people can "think outside the box"- we have a hotel / RV park that transformed old train cars from the original Grand Canyon Railway into "bungalows"!
Les Auld: We use old railway coaches for Holiday homes over here Elizabeth, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Aug 2011, 05:50
It's wonderful to see these vessels preserved Les: especially so when they can be put to new use
Les Auld: Isn't it just Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Aug 2011, 05:56
WOW, Les. Enough boats to last for several Boat Fridays!

I particularly like the lightship...which I had never even heard of till a year ago. A portable lighthouse makes a lot of sense to me. To convert it into a café bar...well, that's even better. smile
Les Auld: Can never have enough boats Ginnie, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 12 Aug 2011, 08:28
So the Bar is open on Boat friday
Les Auld: Indeed it is Vintage, thanks for the comment.
What a good use for the old lightship, there seems to be plenty of old boats about in Liverpool Les.
Les Auld: One or two Brian, thanks for the comment.
I hope his efforts prove successful Les
Les Auld: So do I Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Aug 2011, 14:48
I hope it is a great success for the owner, have you been on it for a cuppa smile
Les Auld: Not yet Linda, maybe soon, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Aug 2011, 18:40
Perfect addition to the boat Friday collection - and a bar as well!
Les Auld: And soon to be a hotel as well if everything goes right, thanks for the comment Mike.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdomtoo.
  • 12 Aug 2011, 22:58
A fine collection of vessels, Les. Our own former lightship "Calshot" is just rusting away. Those buildings around the dock are hideous aren't they?
Les Auld: I've a photo of Calshot somewhere, on the quayside if I remember rightly. You're right the buildings do look out of place from this angle.

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