This week, two Beatles related builds! One recreating Liverpool Docks, and the other recreating all the joy of the Yellow Submarine. Both exploring a time long, long before you or I were born, naturally. Liverpool is a city with a rich, sometimes troubled history. A port city from the beginning of the 1700s, the ships that plied the Transatlantic routes carried all sorts, manufactured European goods, American cotton, tobacco, sugar, and people - immigrants, but also slaves. The famous Penny Lane immortalized by the Beatles is named after James Penny, described by some as a slave merchant, although the jury is still out on that. One thing that is without a doubt is that the Beatles are Liverpool's number one export, the pride and joy of the city. A huge Beatles museum is located a converted warehouse building on Albert Dock.
We start with a truly amazing trip to Kitely, and the Old Liverpool Dock. This region is normally closed to the public, so our visit was a little bit of HG heaven, and our host Graham Mills has done amagnificent job of bringing to life a time when the city was all about sails and sales.
Graham Mills: Opened in 1715 the dock was the world's first commercial wet dock, meaning that it had lock gates to retain water at low tide so ships could be unloaded irrespective of tide or wind. It was the foundation of Liverpool's docklands and prosperity which probably peaked in the late 19th century when 9% of world trade flowed through the port. However, it also enabled the trade in enslaved persons which made a significant contribution to Liverpool's economy before its abolition in 1807. Traffic in slave produced sugar and cotton continued for a long time thereafter.
Frank Gresham: bon voyage
Graham Mills: I need some waving npcs :)
Lux Tergeste: Lovely!
James Atlloud: awesome every time
Thirza Ember: so at this time, how many people would be living in Liverpool?
Graham Mills: heh, I'm guessing 70000
Thirza Ember: no unemployment I bet
Lux Tergeste: My daughters would watch it again and again
Thirza.Ember: maybe Lux can tell us about the film and why is it still such a favourite
Lux Tergeste: Well, it is a bit visually nonsensical, and a good many years have gone by, unfortunately - somebody was chasing the submarine, if I remember well