1825 LIVERPOOL Waterfront ~ No.18


In case some of you wonder where I have been, I am printing out the two letters I sent recently to all my friends telling them of another proposed visit north of the border.

"I am off on the Mail Coach to Moffat in Scotland tomorrow night" (20th January) "via Lancaster and Carlisle. I hope the horses make it over Shap, in winter this can be very dodgy. I will bwe returning on Thursday" (I didn't!) "to continue my wanderings. Canal information for my mariner friends; starting a walk up Dansie Street finishing with Dry Dock' south-end and a visit to the Post Office."

"I bet you are all wondering what's happened to the 'Liverpool Rambler'. Well just to put you all in the picture you will remember I was going to Scotland on the Royal Mail Coach on 20th January. This visit proved to be longer than intended, for reasons I do not need to expound here ~ needless to say the weather didn't help and our return journey was horrific. Shap was snow-bound and the road between Lancaster and Liverpool was virtually impassable with water filled ruts and knee-deep mud. We had several changes of horses on route, and to cap it all when we eventually reached our destination, our daughter and son-in-law had gale damage to their home and billeted themselves with us!"

We are now more or less straight and yesterday I went on a long walk round the streets checking on who lived where.

Today, unfortunately, is appalling ~ the black, glowering clouds over the Mersey Estuary of yesterday heralded something out of the ordinary. I was not wrong, strong winds and driving sleet and forced all but the foolhardy to retreat indoors. I have decided therefore just to make a short trip to the Liverpool Canal Basin to see GEORGE NUTTALL and his agent THOMAS RIGBY who operate fly-boats from there.

On arriving, the weather if anything, has taken a turn for the worse and I am forced to spend the day in the office in the Old Canal Warehouse. I have therefore decided to copy out the timetable of Canal Packets which adorns one of the timber clad walls of the building.

                            CANAL PACKETS
                            SUMMER SEASON
On and after the 1st of May, a Packet Boat will leave
        Liverpool for Wigan and Manchester, every morning
        at a quarter past six.
Another Packet also leaves Manchester for Wigan and
        Liverpool at the same hour.
The boat from Liverpool will arrive at Scarisbrick Bridge
        at 11 morning, at Wigan at 3 afternoon, and at
        Manchester at 8 evening.
The boat from Manchester will arrive at Wigan at 11, at
        Scarisbrick Bridge at 3 afternoon, and at Liverpool
        at 8 evening. Thus providing a daily communication
        between the above places and Southport.
The extra boat will leave Liverpool for Bootle, Linacre, and
        Crosby every day at 10 morning, 4 afternoon, and 7
        evening, except on Saturdays and Sundays, on the
        former of which days the packet leaves Liverpool at
        10 mg. and 4 aft. and on the Sunday at 10 mg. and 
        8 in the evg.
                            WINTER SEASON
On and after the 1st of Oct. a Packet Boat leaves Liverpool
        for Wigan every mg. at 8.
Another Packet Boat eaves Wigan for Liverpool every mg.
        at 8, each arriving at their respective destinations at
        5 in the evening.
A Packet Boat leaves OLD ROAN at 7 mg. every day
        except Sunday, and arrives at Liverpool at 9 morning.
The same packet leaves Liverpool on return to OLD ROAN
        at 4 evening.
A Packet Boat from Manchester to Wigan leaves Manchester
        every day at 7 mg. arrives at Wigan at 12 at noon, and
        departs thence at 2 aft. on its return to Manchester,
        where it arrives at 7 evg.

Finding little else of interest to write in my note book, I leave this dreary Warehouse, bid farewell to Messrs. NUTTALL and RIGBY, and hurry home to get out of the miserable weather. The driving sleet has now turned to snow and with the wind, is drifting heavily. Struggling through the detereorating conditions, I eventually get to our door, and a welcome fire and jug of ale.............
...........before I visit the Canal Basin and Docks again to meet all the 'Carriers by land and Water', I will be going to see my friend W. BANNING Esq., Liverpool's Postmaster, and then continuing with my walks in the DUKE STREET area.