‘Liverpool – World Gateway’ at Maritime Museum

Aphrodite-%28small%29.jpgLIVERPOOL: WORLD GATEWAY
Merseyside Maritime Museum

A new display at Merseyside Maritime Museum features 12 stunning ship models representing some of the legendary shipping lines linked with Liverpool from Victorian times to the 1960s.

Liverpool: World Gateway, which opened on 15 March 2008, also displays The Birth of Aphrodite – a remarkable Perspex sculpture which once graced the liner Reina del Mar.

Liverpool was one of the world’s greatest seaports for more than 200 years. Today it remains Britain’s largest west coast port and is visited by ships travelling to many parts of the globe.

The ship models are: Colombia (1899 – Pacific Steam Navigation Company), Barnesmore (1905 – Johnston Line), Vauban / Vestris (1912 – Lamport & Holt), Ravenspoint (1918 – MacAndrews Line), Malancha (1918 – Brocklebank), Ocean Coast (1935 – Coast Lines), Amakura (1949 – Booker Line), Leicestershire (1949 – Bibby Line), Sylvania (1957 – Cunard), Inventor (1964 – Harrison Line), Priam (1966 – Blue Funnel) and Atlantic Causeway (1969 – Atlantic Container Line).

The Birth of Aphrodite was one of a number of works of art commissioned from Arthur Fleischmann (1896 – 1990) by the Pacific Steam Navigation Company for Reina del Mar (1956). The sculpture stood in the embarkation hall of the liner. The Perspex was supplied by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in a half-ton block which Fleischmann carved by hand. It has been loaned by the Fleischmann family with the support of the Arthur Fleischmann Foundation and Sir Terry Leahy.

Tony Tibbles, Merseyside Maritime Museum director, says: “The Reina del Mar was a popular ship in Liverpool and we are delighted The Birth of Aphrodite is joining this new display.”

Photo: Courtesy National Museums Liverpool