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Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian LiverpoolMercantile Business and the Making of a World Port$
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Graeme Milne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236061

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314261

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Accommodating Diversity: Port Infrastructure

Accommodating Diversity: Port Infrastructure

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(p.65) Chapter 4 Accommodating Diversity: Port Infrastructure
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Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian Liverpool
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236061.003.0004

This chapter reviews the development of the dock estate up to the middle decades of the nineteenth century. It also investigates the measures of efficiency in the Mersey dock system, and the success of the port authority in managing an effective dock system. The work of port engineers expanded the docks in Liverpool, an expansion that had to address steam as an integrated part of the system. The distribution of timber across the dock system led to the adaptation of specialised facilities. Whether in steam, timber, or warehousing, specialisation in dock construction and use provided the port authority with a way of raising revenue while managing change in a manner amenable to key users of the docks. The effective working of large parts of the system clarified that the Dock Board brought an advanced level of professional planning and management to bear on meeting the often contradictory demands of the Mersey dock system's users.

Keywords:   dock estate, port authority, Mersey dock system, Liverpool, timber, warehousing, steam, dock construction, Dock Board

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