Edmund Gardner

Liverpool pilot cutter number 2, 1953

Edmund Gardner pilot ship

The largest object in National Museums Liverpool's collections is the Edmund Gardner, a former pilot cutter that can now be found in dry dock opposite the Maritime Museum.

During her working life of almost 30 years the Edmund Gardner was essentially a base out in the Irish Sea for the Pilotage Service, providing accommodation for up to 32 pilots at a time. The pilots met all shipping approaching the Mersey and guided them into and out of the docks, to ensure their safety.

In an exciting new project the Edmund Gardner has become a dazzle ship, as part of the the Biennial and First World War commemorations. 

During the summer the quayside next to the Edmund Gardner is open 10am-5pm every day for visitors to get a closer look. 

The Edmund Gardner is not usually open to the public but during the summer the quayside next to the ship is open 10am-5pm every day for visitors to get a closer look. The quayside is closed for the winter from Monday 12 October 2015. Free tours are available to book during the summer. 

You can also see inside with our online tour.


The Edmund Gardner volunteer tour guide team were the North West Region winners in the Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Awards in 2014.

volunteers painting with the Edmund Gardner ship in the background

National award for volunteers

Two of our volunteers, James and George, have been honoured with the prestigious Marsh Volunteer award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the conservation of the Edmund Gardner.

Read more about this on the blog.

The Edmund Gardner's historic importance has been recognized by the National Historic Ships Committee, which has included the vessel in its National Core Collection of Historic Ships. She has also received the World Ship Trust's award as an outstanding example of ship preservation.

Online features

Find out more about the history of the ship on this website:

Edmund Gardner pilot ship

View of port side from forward