Edmund Gardner

Liverpool pilot cutter number 2, 1953


The Edmund Gardner is not currently open to the public but you can see the ship in the docks opposite Merseyside Maritime Museum and take a look round inside with the pictures below.

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.

The Edmund Gardner has been transformed into a dazzle ship, with a contemporary interpretation of wartime dazzle paint, as part of the Liverpool Biennial and First World War commemorations. 

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.


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.



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