Posts tagged ‘Jetty’

Views From New Ferry

New Ferry and Rock Ferry are next door neighbours. In the first shot I’m standing at the point where the New Ferry pier used to stretch-out into the Mersey, and you can see in the background the Rock Ferry pier which has been the subject of previous posts:

New Ferry, Wirral, England

New Ferry, Wirral, England

Both Rock Ferry and New Ferry take their names from the ferry services that used to shuttle passengers across the river Mersey to Liverpool on the other side. According to Wikipedia, the New Ferry service was forced to close after a ship collided with the pier in thick fog, in the early hours of 30 January 1922. Due to declining passenger numbers, improved local land-based public transport and a close proximity to the Rock Ferry service, it never reopened. The Rock Ferry service itself discontinued on 30 June 1939. Ferries still operate on the Mersey from the terminals at Woodside and Seacombe further up the Wirral coast towards Liverpool, but most locals just use one of the two road tunnels instead – less romantic, but far more convenient.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

The Mersey’s Working Past

Evidence that the River Mersey once had a thriving working past:

Jetty, Rock Ferry, Wirral, England

Jetty, Rock Ferry, Wirral, England

Actually I’m being a little harsh by implying that the Mersey doesn’t have a working present or future…..because it most definitely does. In fact over the past decade there has been an enormous amount of money spent on re-generating the area, especially the Liverpool side. The good news is that this investment is set to continue with £50 billion planned as part of the Ocean Gateway project, including the ambitious Wirral Waters.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

Old Jetty

The image I posted yesterday was taken from this jetty looking off to the right and back across the River Mersey. But the old Rock Ferry jetty and pier themselves, although dilapidated and disused for many years, also offer some excellent photo opportunities. I chose to de-saturate the colours in post-processing because I feel the results work well with old industrial landscape subjects.

Jetty, Rock Ferry, Wirral, England

Jetty, Rock Ferry, Wirral, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

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