Free tours of Edmund Gardner pilot ship

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.

Free guided tours of the Edmund Gardner are available to book every Tuesday and Wednesday from June until September.

Tours are free but booking is recommended, visitors can book by calling 0151 478 4545, or visit the Museum of Liverpool information desk on the day of the tours to see if any spaces are available.

The tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm and last for one hour.

Saturday 28th July will be a special open day on board the boat with volunteer Guides positioned at areas of special interest.

For more information please visit the National Museums Liverpool website.

 

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