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BOA 70: Battle of the Mersey

Posted in England, Liverpool by folkestonejack on May 26, 2013

A naval capability demonstration took place on the Mersey on all three days of the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations, with a densely packed crowd lining the waterfront. The “Battle on the Mersey” followed the scenario of a merchant vessel (played by the tug Brocklebank) attacked by pirates. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines tackled the pirates with a Sea King helicopter, five patrol ships and two landing craft.

HMS Ranger on the Mersey

HMS Ranger passes the derelict wharf off Princes Parade

Opting for a quieter life, we found a spot away from the action to watch the ships lining up to participate on the first day and then headed across the water to Birkenhead for a different perspective. The footpath between Woodside and Birkenhead Priory offered plenty of space to watch proceedings and couldn’t be beaten for the wonderful backdrop of Liverpool’s cathedrals, docks and iconic waterfront architecture it offered.



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