Photographer's Note

Another quick delve into some archive photographs and it wasn't until I had taken a closer look at this one from two years ago that I realised that there was a little bright yellow buoy floating in the water in Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock! And have a look at the workshop for just a little bit of fun:

Designed by the civil engineer Jesse Hartley and architect Philip Hardwick, Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock, comprising a complex of dock buildings and warehouses, was opened in 1846. It was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone but without any structural wood. As a result, it was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world.

In the mid 19th century, the dock was considered to be revolutionary in its design because ships were loaded and unloaded directly from or to the warehouses. But by 1900, due to advances in shipping technology, larger and more open docks were required although the Albert Dock remained a valuable store for cargo.

During the Second World War, the dock served as a base for boats of the British Atlantic Fleet but suffered severe damage during air raids on Liverpool. Thereafter financial problems as well as a decline in docking in the city caused the dock to close in 1972. But thankfully, having lain derelict for nearly ten years, the redevelopment of the dock began in 1981 when the Merseyside Development Corporation was set up, with the Albert Dock being officially being re-opened in 1984.

Today the Royal Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction in the city and the most visited multi-use attraction in the United Kingdom outside of London. It is a vital component of Liverpool's UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City and the docking complex and warehouses also comprise the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in the UK.

The decision to locate a Tate gallery in Liverpool in 1998 was seen as a major success for the city, as it made Liverpool home to the National Collection of modern art in the North of England.

In this picture Tate Liverpool occupies part of the huge brick building on the left with the "Glaciere of Liverpool" berthed beneath it: beyond that lies the modern Museum of Liverpool and to its right are the Port of Liverpool Building and Liver Building.

ISO 100, 1/160 sec at f/8, focal length 35mm.

Larger version of this photo here:

And, in the workshop, just a little bit of fun:

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7660] (30513)
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