In Troubled Times

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In Troubled Times

The Port of Liverpool, 1905-1938

Research in Maritime History, 26


October 18th, 2017

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This study provides a history of the Port of Liverpool between 1905 and 1938, during its decline. It is particularly interested in the history of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, Liverpool’s enormous and sole port authority. Adrian Jarvis contrasts the decision-making process of the Board with the financial history of the docks, in attempt to evaluate the Board successes and failures. The study accounts for and explores the factors which contributed to the decline of Liverpool’s shipping industry, with topics ranging from the growth of railways, the advances in shipping technology, the success of commercial liners, to the Great Depression and Great War. The study is complemented with an appendix exploring the efficiency of ports; a bibliography; a note on the sources; an index; and a conclusion that asserts the overall merit of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board when considering the tremendous and often unpredictable challenges the Board faced, such as wartime disruption.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
List of Figures9
Foreword and Acknowledgements11
Conversion Factors for Imperial Measurements13
Introduction: The Port of Liverpool in 190515
Chapter 1: The Port and Its Trade in 190541
Chapter 2: Gladstone Dock57
Chapter 3: Not Before Time: The Board Keeps its Promise85
Chapter 4: Engineering, Management and Decision-making105
Chapter 5: Making the Customers Happy127
Chapter 6: Sand, Silt and Sewage: The Work of the Board's Dredgers155
Chapter 7: The Provision of Specialist Cargo Facilities175
Chapter 8: Into the Modern World?201
Conclusion: On the Eve of War219
Appendix: Port Efficiency: A Short Methodological Discourse225
A Note on Sources: Abbreviations233