Liverpool artwork of the day – Friday August 31 2007. Canada Timber Docks, Liverpool. Towards Close of Day by Robert Dudley (active 1865 – 1891) in Maritime Museum
This atmospheric view of Canada Dock vividly captures the hustle and bustle of the port in the 1870s. The number of horses shown underlines the importance of horse-drawn carts in carrying goods from the docks to the warehouses.
Canada Dock was the last dock designed and built by Jesse Hartley, the Dock Board’s most prolific and famous engineer. It opened in 1858. Canada was Britain’s major source of timber at this period.
On permanent loan from the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company.