Liverpool & The Mersey – Cruising the Cut

Liverpool Waterfront Panorama

My good friend Andrew Blackburn has a bit of a thing about vlogs entitled ‘Cruising the Cut’ of which there are a great many. He showed me a few some time ago and you know there’s something mesmerising about them and I’ve now watched quite a few myself, although I’m told that therapy may help:-)

The reason I’m blogging about this is that in October 2019 the vloger, former TV presenter David Johns*, came to Liverpool to experience crossing the Mersey estuary in a narrow boat. And here’s his vlog of the experience which sits with his many other vlogs on You Tube:-

Museum of Liverpool and Link from the docks to the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

I hope you enjoy this vlogger’s take on Liverpool & the Mersey and you never know you may even get hooked on Cruising the Cut!

* He used to work as a local TV news reporter for ITV in the south east of England. After 13 years of doing this and working in radio, he decided to chuck it all in and buy a narrowboat to cruise around the canals on.

David even does his own merchandise and yes I bought one of these mugs for Andrew.

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Liverpool – A trip on a City Explorer tour bus

Last week Sheila and I decided to do what tourists do when they visit Liverpool and the day we chose (by chance) happened to coincide with the huge cruise liner Caribbean Princess calling into Liverpool.

There were unsurprisingly a lot of foreign visitors around Albert Dock when we met our City Explorer tour bus (run by Maghull Coaches) in Gower Street and they were also boarding it like us.

We went to sample the tour because our friend Phil Marshall is a qualified tour guide on this fleet of buses. Phil is a partially sighted chap from Maghull who has gained mentions before on this blog site due to issues he has encountered as a blind person. He was with his new guide dog Harvey, a lovely golden Retriever.

The tour lasted just under an hour with Phil doing the running commentary from his perch on the upstairs deck. He was as humorous and well informed as I expected him to be and clearly his words went down well with the passengers. Here’s Phil with Harvey at the end of the tour:-

The Liverpool weather was not kind to us during the tour but Phil made us all laugh and we certainly learned things we did not know about Liverpool. The trip is to be recommended.

Liverpool – Leeds Liverpool Canal Link time-lapse video

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

Museum of Liverpool and Museum Canal Link Tunnel.

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

The You Tube link to the video is below as you will may find that the Echo’s rather clunky web site will not play it easilly:-

A time lapse video that’s well worth watching to see the Liverpool Canal Link from the perspective of those travelling along it in a narrowboat.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this story.

The photo above is amongst my Flickr photos at:-

Albert Dock/Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool – What’s Missing?

Anyone visiting Liverpool should take a look around this part of the City, it really is inspiring.

But I often look at it and say to myself, there is something missing. Something that made the docks such a busy and bustling place – the dock railways.

Yes, there is a short piece of track outside the front entrance to the Maritime Museum (see photos) but what a difference could be made if that track was in use.



I recall that when the NML’s (National Museums Liverpool) transport collection was on display in what is now Liverpool’s World Museum, in William Brown Street, that a small green Mersey Docks & Harbour Board ‘Pug’ type steam loco was on static show there. Sadly, it did not find its way into the new Museum of Liverpool.

This is a black and white image of the green pug I make reference to above. The image and notes come from a book called Merseyside on Wheels by Loraine Knowles, Michael Stammers & J D Storer published in 1998.

This is a black and white image of the green pug I make reference to above. The image and notes come from a book called Merseyside on Wheels by Loraine Knowles, Michael Stammers & J D Storer published in 1998.

Much of Liverpool’s history is associated with the docks and the railways that served them and I wonder whether some thought should be given to representing the once truly expansive dock railway system within the Albert Dock Quarter of Liverpool?

If this all sounds critical, it is not meant to be as what we have got is wonderful, it’s just that to my eye there is a significant historical part of the area that is missing and an opportunity to be realised at some point in the future.

Additional photos on this theme are amongst my Flickr shots at:-