Today I spent the afternoon with a friend taking the river cruise on the Mersey on board the Mersey Ferry Royal Iris of the Mersey, visiting the Spaceport and Sci-Fi Icons exhibition at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and having a wander around the Albert Dock including the Piermaster’s House. An enjoyable afternoon. The Spaceport was pretty good but the Sci-Fi Icons exhbition, which is being held inside the Spaceport, was the highlight of the day. The Mersey Ferries website describes the exhibition as: “Showing an array of fascinating scenes and iconic characters from the films including, Landspeeder Desert Scene, Ewok Village, Jedi Knights, Death Star, Jaba’s Court, Emperor’s throne room, Storm Troopers, Darth Maul, C-3PO, R2-D2, Bobba Fett, Yoda, Chewbacca the wookie and much more! There will also be a display of renowned Star Wars toys dating back from 1977 to 1996.” The river cruise ticket price includes the cost of entry to the U-Boat Story at the Woodside Ferry Terminal but the Spaceport & Sci-Fi Icons exhibition are not and you can either pay to get into the Spaceport on its own or you can by a river cruise ticket that includes entry. As Seacombe is not typically on the tourist route except when visiting there on the ferry, I guess most people buy the combined cruise and Spaceport ticket.
You can view my photos and videos from the Spaceport and Sci-Fi Icons on my YouTube channel, or just the photos of the Sci-Fi Icons on my Flickr site. I didn’t take any photographs on the Mersey Ferry but lots of video, which are also on YouTube.
The river cruise does a triangle route from Liverpool across the River Mersey to the Wirral where it stops at Seacombe before sailing up river to Woodside in Birkenhead before heading back across the Liverpool. If you have bought a cruise ticket you can get off at Seacombe to visit the Spaceport and/or at Woodside to visit U-Boat Story or nearby Hamilton Square – a Victorian square with some magnificent architecture. We obviously got off at Seacombe to visit Spaceport, but then stayed on the ferry at Woodside and went back to Liverpool. Back in Liverpool we walked through the Albert Dock, getting something to eat, and visiting the Piermaster’s House (above and on YouTube), which is maintained as it might have looked around the time of the Second World War. On our way back to Liverpool One Bus Station I photographed two custom barges in Salthouse Dock (below and on YouTube). One was made to look like the RMS Titanic and the other a yellow submarine.