Peel Ports celebrates 300th anniversary
Peel Ports-UK’s largest port groups, owning and operating six of the UK and Ireland’s most important ports has completed 300 years of operation. The group handles 70 million tonnes of cargo every year.
The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, North-west England celebrated its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other Liverpool to become one of the globe’s most important ports, with ships being able to turn around in under two days, rather than the two weeks needed previously. And the credit goes to the ‘old dock’. By the end of the 19th century, nine per cent of the world’s trade went through Liverpool. the city’s contribution to shipping. The anniversary comes at a significant time as we progress with the construction of our new container terminal Liverpool 2 which will help create a new chapter in our story by establishing a new international gateway between the UK and international trading communities.”
Peel Ports, operators of the Port of Liverpool, is celebrating the anniversary by calling on local residents to share their images and memories of the city’s rich maritime history, with the contributions and
images from the company’s own archives being turned into a book and online exhibition. The dock was filled in 1826, having been superseded by larger and deeper ports built into the river Mersey, on which Liverpool sits.