The increasing size of ships in the early 20th century heralded new mechanised processes for refuelling. This image shows a coal hoist, a scaffolding tower mounted on a barge, which was used to tip whole wagonfuls of coal directly into steamships.
Wedgwood’s precise observational style of printmaking lent itself to architectural subjects. The coal hoist was a stunning architectural piece with intricate metalwork design, and here it towers over the dockers in the Clarence Graving Docks, providing a dramatic symbol of the accelerating modernisation in the docklands in the early 1900s. The old Liverpool Overhead Railway station is in the distance on the right.
Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1970, No. 7428