In safe hands: the story of the Liverpool Pilots

man in Liverpool Pilots uniform on a ship by the Liverpool waterfront

© Colin McPherson

22 July 2016 to 4 June 2017

Free entry

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This exhibition tells the story of the heroic Liverpool Pilots and explores their vital role in navigating ships in and out of the port of Liverpool.

Since 1766 the Liverpool Pilots have ensured the safety of visiting ships, and their role is just as vital now to the thriving modern port.

Marking the 250th anniversary of the Liverpool Pilotage Service in 2016, In safe hands highlights dramatic examples where the Pilots’ judgement and bravery have saved lives and cargo from disaster. Liverpool waters are some of the toughest in the world to navigate. Ships entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey face serious hazards and rely on the skills and knowledge of pilots to ensure their safe passage.

The exhibition explores the development of the Pilotage service within the wider history of the Port of Liverpool, from the explosion of growth in the 18th and 19th centuries, decline in the mid to late 20th century, through to the thriving port of the 21st century. 

The exhibition is accompanied by free events including talks, Edmund Gardner pilot ship tours with our award-winning guides and family craft activities. 

Did you know?

Since 1766 there have been more than 1646 men who have served as Liverpool pilots.

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