36 stunning images show 200 years of ferries crossing the River Mersey

Ferries across the Mersey began with crossings by Benedictine monks over 800 years ago

Whether ferrying passengers to work or packed with tourist tourists, river ferry rides have become the symbol of Merseyside.

Ferries have crossed the River Mersey for over 800 years and began with Benedictine monks charging a small fare to ferry passengers across.

The monks operated a ferry service until the 16th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, the first paddle steam ferries began to cross the river.

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The ferries have become synonymous with Liverpool and were immortalized in the song by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1965.

Despite the construction of the Mersey Rail Tunnel (opened in 1886), and later of the two road tunnels – the Queensway Tunnel (1934) and the Kingsway Tunnel (1971), ferries are still a popular mode of transport for passengers seeking to go on either side of the river.

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A trip on a Mersey ferry is also a must on the list for any tourist who wants to experience something all-encompassing in the city consciousness.

We dug through the archives to find 36 fascinating images, spanning over two centuries of ferries crossing the Mersey.

Does this bring back memories for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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