Barbara Cotton with W13 speedboat Melody. Copyright National Museums Liverpool.
Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History reports:
A recent visit to the Maritime Museum for Barbara Cotton took her on a boat trip down memory lane. Barbara was delighted to see the Melody speedboat that is displayed in the museum foyer. Melody was raced locally off New Brighton with Wallasey Power Boat and Ski Club, and Barbara's father was also a member and owned a very similar boat. The museum was delighted to receive a copy of some home movies Barbara has of her father and other Club members racing boats off New Brighton from the late 1950's to early 1970's. The films are fascinating slice of local history, especially of the New Brighton area. And eagle eyed staff spotted a brief cameo of the Melody speedboat!