Liverpool, Albert Dock, 1922 or earlier. Looks to me as those two 'camels' are some sort of tank barges? Inside Albert Dock lies Salthouse Dock, but whether the upper end here leads into that, or the Canning half-tide Dock, I cant tell.
That could well be so. "Camels," is described in Falconer's Marine Dictionary as "a machine used in Holland for raising or lifting ships ... [in areas] where shallowness of the water hinders large ships from passing." Regards, Stein.
The vessel alongside is the MD&HB tender Galatea. Most of the plate negatives for these prints still exist, somewhere, as I when through them about twenty years ago, the archivist had absolutly no idea as to what they were.
Albert Dock was also the base for the Liverpool & Glasgow Salvage Association (correct title Liverpool & Glasgow Association for the Protection of Commercial Interests as respects Wrecked and Damaged Property) and up to 1954 the base for their salvage steamer RANGER (102075), 409grt/1880, hence the camels.
And here's a photo from the air, taken at about the same time. Albert Dock, lower right: [COLOR="DarkOrange"]LINK[/COLOR] The middle of the three large buildings being the Cunard building, on the right the Dock Administration building, and the one at left looks to be named the "Liver building" on my map. What do they house today? Regards, Stein