Liverpool, HMS Hercules 1890

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Caption for Liverpool, Hms Hercules 1890: The Royal Navy once had much stronger ties with Liverpool than it does now. Quite often the whole of the Channel Fleet would exercise in the Irish Sea, and then have a three- or four-day visit to Liverpool. This would show the merchants and people of Liverpool that England had the power and might to look after its Merchant Fleet. Here the Frith photographer has captured two Royal Navy ships during one of those visits. HMS 'Hercules' was an apt name for an iron-clad battleship. Launched in 1868, she was twenty-two years old when our photograph was taken, and had been overtaken by newer ships with more and better guns that could cover the front and rear of the vessel. 'Hercules' could really only fire broadside.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

Memories of Liverpool


I attended a presentation at St George's Hall as a youngster, where I received a beautiful certificate in recognition of an essay I had written. I have no idea what I wrote about but since the RSPCA awarded the certificate, then I assume it must have been about animals. As a very shy, not-at-all-confident child, I (...Read full memory)

1956, I was brought up in Doon Street, Kirkdale, along with my 3 brothers and 5 sisters. We all went to St John's School, where we had Father Hopkins and Sister Mary Francis, we used to call them the dragons. If anyone is still around from that era I would love to hear from you. I read some comments (...Read full memory)

I grew up in Bodley Street (L4) from 1960-1970. There was a Welsh church at the top of the street and on the walls of said church we played '2 balls'! I would love to have the name of the church, should anyone remember it. My nan and grandad, Albert and Elizabeth Coy, shared the wall and every Sunday were blessed with the (...Read full memory)

My parents got married here in 1922 and we, as a family, attended up to about 1946. It was an English speaking, Welsh, Presbyterian church then and I think finally ceased about 1950 due to lack of numbers. I have copies of the monthly journals for all 1921 which contain lists of members and (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Liverpool, Hms Hercules 1890: The Royal Navy once had much stronger ties with Liverpool than it does now. Quite often the whole of the Channel Fleet would exercise in the Irish Sea, and then have a three- or four-day visit to Liverpool. This would show the merchants and people of Liverpool that England had the power and might to look after its Merchant Fleet. Here the Frith photographer has captured two Royal Navy ships during one of those visits. HMS 'Hercules' was an apt name for an iron-clad battleship. Launched in 1868, she was twenty-two years old when our photograph was taken, and had been overtaken by newer ships with more and better guns that could cover the front and rear of the vessel. 'Hercules' could really only fire broadside.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

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