The inspiring story of the rise of the world's greatest docks system.
How, why, and when did Liverpool first become a port, and how did it grow to become globally-famous? How did it also become essential to the maritime commerce of the British Empire and the rest of the world?
In this talk Ken explains this, and describes how Liverpool built the first enclosed, commercial, wet-dock in the world ~ and how the Town had docks almost 100 years before London! He tells how from this single harbour, Liverpool's docks systen grew to cover the entire length of the Town's 7 1/2 mile waterfront.
He talks about the impact that this had on the people fo Liverpool, and on the rest of the country, and how, during the Second World War, Adolf Hitler was determined to wipe the port off the face off the earth because it was such a threat to his plans for world domination.
Ken also tells how Liverpool's docks went into a major decline after the War, and how the people suffered as a consequence. But his story ends with the modern regneration and re-shaping of the Liverpool docklands and waterfront, and the bold vision that is now leading the port and City into the 21st century ~ all because of its docks:
How it grew from simply being a tidal pool harbour into the maritime powerhouse of the world.