Pride in Maritime Heritage

2nd May 2009, 21:21
I have just returned from Hamburg, First time I have been there for almost 30 years. What struck me is its pride in being a Port City.
Everywhere you go you are reminded of this, pictures in restaurants, at the railway station, on public transport even talking to people. Maritime museums such as Cap San Diego, Rickmer Rickmers, even the fact that if you buy a day ticket for public transport you can travel for free on the ferries on the river.
Contrast this with many ports in UK which seem to be doing all they can to hide their maritime heritage building high price homes in former dock areas even the proposition in Edinburgh thankfully now dropped to change the name of Leith Docks to Edinburgh Harbour.