Today marks 60 years to the day since the former pilot ship Edmund Gardner was launched. For 28 years the Edmund Gardner was used as base at sea for Liverpool pilots, who would be transferred from the Edmund Gardner to inbound ships to guide them into Liverpool, or off ships they had guided out of the port. The Edmund Gardner is open over July and August for volunteer led guided tours. Tours are every Thursday and some Saturdays and can be booked by calling 0151 478 4499. There is also a special display of pilot boat models that has opened in the Maritime Museum's Art and the Sea gallery. This display also includes previously unseen footage of apprentices working on the Edmund Gardner in the late 1960s.