Daggers Drawn: Relations between the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board and Outside Bodies from Central Government Downwards c.1850-1972

By Adrian Jarvis, published May 2007


Details the rise and fall in fortunes of MD&HB from its inception to decline. Despite being the first civilian port authority to install both radar and a computer, as well as anticipating the forthcoming container revolution, (while turning down plans for expansion that would undoubtedly have caused an earlier decline), the organisation would encounter total financial collapse in 1972. The article explores the principles causes of this, which are narrowed down to historic debt, at previous low interest rates, and the relationship between the port authorities and government, both central and local.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

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