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Sunken ship near New Ferry Baths #408976
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Does anyone remember what looked like a sunken ship that used to lie in the mudbanks on the foreshore just behind New Ferry Baths? You could often see its mast sticking out of the mud. I remember it being there in the late 50s-early 60s, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks. How did it get there and when was it finally removed?

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It was a small general cargo ship called 'Egret'. It originally sank after colliding with a tanker off Rock Ferry. This was approx. 1957. When the oil jetty was started the wreck was in the way,so it was raised using pontoons, towed to New Ferry & re-sunk.Originally the black & white funnel was in place but presumably fell off due to tidal movements.The wreck was finally removed in 1970/71 when a large floating crane was brought in from Holland to remove several wrecks from the Mersey estuary.

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Thanks for that information, 8HBob - it's really interesting, especially hearing that the ship was re-sunk. On the same subject, I seem to remember that for many years there was also a sunken wreck just south of the Pier Head off Liverpool, quite near the Albert Dock.

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If my memory serves me right, my girlfriends uncle has a picture of it in his house. ill have a look later and ill get back to you...

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Interesting in its location, in the 19th century there was a target there for the 500yd Volunteer Rifle Range. There was also another target 500yds towards the sea for a 300yd range.


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The sunken ship off Albert Dock was the result of enemy action in World War 2. I believe it was carrying a cargo of cattle.

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