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Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby k_stanfo09 » 30 Aug 2009 22:59

This is a great site, and I'm enjoying reading all the posts. Very useful for the research required for my novel. I'm interested now in learning about the dock system in Liverpool and which docks were used for troopships and which for passenger steamers and merchant ships. Specifically, I'd like to know if I could get a German merchant vessel docked at Wapping for loading and unloading cargo. If that's too detailed, could someone tell me about a good book on the Liverpool docks at the turn of the century?

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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby Mark » 31 Aug 2009 00:12

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The National Museums Liverpool might be worth asking as I am sure they have records or other published histories that will give you a clue as to how feasible your idea is. They have a web site with info regarding the docks: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/ ... ndex2.html as well as a general Maritime one: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/

Hope that helps but I'm sure other members will be able to add further detail :)

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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby k_stanfo09 » 31 Aug 2009 02:50

Thanks, Mark. I appreciate your response. I've been to those sites several times and have been in contact with the museum directly. My last email request went unanswered, so I'm on the hunt for other resources.
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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby Mark » 31 Aug 2009 10:27

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Have you tried mentioning the Freedom of Information Act in your correspondence with the museum? I hate resorting to mentioning it when I do research but if the first couple of requests go unanswered I find it usually works. Just keep it polite! Another, less forceful way, is to offer the museum a small donation. I often ask the Staffordshire Regimental Museum for help in research - and a £25 donation is duly sent. Works a treat and they are very helpful - not to mention you are helping them out financially :)

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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby k_stanfo09 » 31 Aug 2009 23:06

Yes, I've offered to send money to allay the costs of their research and also to buy books from the museum shop! Hmmm...must try again with the "Freedom of Information" mention - although I live in the U.S. Would that make a difference?

Thanks again for your help!
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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby Mark » 31 Aug 2009 23:28

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Under the UK Freedom of Information Act it is irrelevant who and from where the requester is from - so being a US citizen does not effect your right to access the information. They can impose a fee for the time taken to produce the information but they must respond to it.

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Re: Liverpool, Troopships & Steamships

Postby k_stanfo09 » 02 Sep 2009 03:19

That's great news! Thanks, Mark!
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