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White Star's  DORIC on the Mersey

White Star's DORIC on the Mersey

This photo was taken by Liverpool photographer Stewart Bale, taken 1923.

I found this original 7.5" x 11" some 30 years ago. Perfect detail and clear. Mint condition. If anyone wants a high res image I would be happy to send.

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The Alexandra tug is the HUSKINSON. The Blue Peter is flying, I guess she is outbound. Can anyone identify the tower at right?

Stephen
 

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Stephen, could it be the Victoria Tower, Liverpool.

Cheers Frank

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victoria_Tower,_Liverpool_2017_3.jpg
 

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Thanks Frank.

I guess the Blue Peter might well be the 'indication the ship is sailing' but the view, showing the 'Worker's Tower' shows the DORIC as 'inbound' not sailing out.

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Tug name HUSKISSON rather than HUSKINSON

HUSKISSON (3) (1914 - 1934)
O.N. 115299. 127g. 11n. 92.0 x 20.2 x 10.7 feet.
C.2-cyl. (16" & 42½" x 27") by J. Cran & Company, Leith. 98nhp. 600ihp.
8.5.1902: Launched as SANDON by Dundee Shipbuilders Company Ltd., Dundee (Yard No. 138) for the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd.
6.1902: Completed by J. Cran & Company, Leith (Yard No. 44).
16.7.1902: Registered at Liverpool.
20.1.1906: Collided with the steamer SOBO (3,652g./1898) in the R. Mersey, capsized and sank with the loss of eight crew. Subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
1914: Collided with the steamer WICKLOW (1,174g./1895) off Sandon Dock and sank with loss of four crew, three saved. Subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
1914: Renamed HUSKISSON.
1934: Reported as sold to unspecified Arklow buyers.
1934: Sold to Captain Stephen Portus and renamed BALTIC for charter to J. H. Lamey. Name not registered.
1937: Sold to the Misses Adelaide & Amy Cooper, Belfast and renamed RIDGWAY.
1955: Sold to Aberdeen Steam Tug Company (A. W. B. Gill, manager), Aberdeen.
1960: Sold to Aberdeen Harbour Board, Aberdeen.
1962: Demolished by Van den Marel & den Korbe at Bruinisse, Holland.
 

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Stephen, I did look at the Wallasey and Birkenhead side, there are a few towers over there (old photos) but I could not find a tower that resembled the one in your photo.

Maybe Pat or one of the other locals know............................(Thumb)

Cheers Frank
 

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Defo inbound.
Take a Google Street view from The Ferry (Egremont Ferry) and you will see the tower.
Rgds.
Dave
 

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This excellent view of the DORIC definitely gives the impression that she is sailing with the backdrop of Birkenhead clearly visible.

Just a thought, but I could well be incorrect.

The DORIC could well have moved down the Mersey from the enclosed docks further up the river and swung around with Birkenhead to her portside. In this view she is seen heading towards the Landing Stage to pick up her passengers prior to commencing her transatlantic crossing to New York, hence why she could be prematurely flying the "Blue Peter".

There doesn't appear to be any passengers visible on the open decks except for what looks like just crew which could well back up my thoughts.

Sean
 

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Is this not the clock tower in Trafalgar dock, & as Sean says vessel heading for Landing Stage to embark passengers.
 

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David

Your absolutely correct when you state that it's the Clock Tower at Trafalgar Dock, Birkenhead. After a quick search on Google Images I can confirm this to be correct.

I have a feeling my previous assumption of the DORIC heading towards the Landing Stage may also be correct :)

Sean
 

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IVictoria Tower, known as the Worker's Clock. The clock dates to the early 1880s. It was for giving ships a 'time check' before sailing to check the chronometer. It is at the Salisbury Dock at Vauxhall... and the ship is heading to the Landing Stage. She might have just finishing coaling at the buoys. (I believe she was coal fired).

Stephen
 

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