Merseyside Maritime Museum’s stunning new Life on Board gallery explores the moving and fascinating stories of Liverpool’s seafarers and passengers over the generations, including during the period of the city’s greatest prosperity when Liverpool was a beacon of world trade and a magnet for investment.
The new permanent gallery features the stories of both merchant sailors and leisure line passengers, from the 1700s to the present day, and looks at the lives they led on board, from the dangers and joys of seafaring, to the culture and sense of community it provided.
One of the gallery’s highlights examines the story of the sinking of MV Derbyshire, the largest British-registered merchant ship ever to be lost at sea during typhoon Orchid in the South China Seas in 1980, and the 20 year search for the truth about the disaster.
(Merseyside Maritime Museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, but is normally open from 10am – 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is free and advance booking is required for both visitors and members.)