Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Liverpool: Photo 8
Painted pink, hoisting cranes survive on some of the warehouse walls, here over a cart bay on the outside of the dock. Old photos show these cranes slinging hogsheads of tobacco, hoisted manually until 1878, when the cranes were converted to hydraulic power. Ritchie-Noakes says (p. 55) that typical inbound shipments included tea, silk, indigo, rice, hemp, cotton, sugar, and tobacco; outbound included iron, salt, and coal. Why she does not include cotton cloth on the export side is a small mystery; the rise (and fall) of Liverpool has a lot to do with the rise (and fall) of Manchester's cotton mills.
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