On the riverside near to Woodside Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead there sits this memorial to the submariners who perished in the 1939 disaster. She sank during trials on 1 June 1939 with the loss of 99 lives.
Thetis had been built in Birkenhead at the Cammell Laird shipyard.
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The contrast between industrial and dockland Bootle and the mainly leisure related activities of the Wirral waterfront can be seen in this shot, which also shows some activity on the River Mersey itself.
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The BBC has the story – see link above. The 80th anniversary of the opening of the Queensway tunnel is being marked.
Merseytravel produced a booklet about both Tunnels about 10 years ago. This is the front page.
The 2.13 mile (3.4 km) tunnel linking Liverpool and Birkenhead was opened by King George V on 18 July 1934.
Another page from the Merseytravel booklet gives some fascinating facts about the Queensway Tunnel. Click to enlarge
It was the first road tunnel under the River Mersey and took almost nine years to build.
This reminded me of the 2nd Tunnel being opened in 1971 when I walked through it with my parents gathering autographs of the people who worked on it. Here are a couple of interesting photos of that event:-
This is the front page of the booklet produced to celebrate of the opening of Kingsway Tunnel
These are the tickets my family were given when we walked through the new (2nd) Tunnel in 1971
A very atmospheric shot by Lydiate photographer Keith Page. Have a look at the web site for New Brighton’s Perch Rock at http://www.fortperchrock.org/Fort_Perch_Rock/Home.html It is a good read for those interested in Merseyside history.