Before 1920

Salthouse Dock, Liverpool, taken from the Albert Dock building. 1897   No. 145

   

Sail is still king in this photo of Salthouse Dock in 1897.
The photographer would have been perched precariously on the edge of the Albert Dock building roof with his enormous camera (the glass negative is 10" x 12"). The mahogany and brass camera with its wooden tripod would have needed a lot of effort to get it there, but the detail he captured was incredible.
The magnificent Clock tower which was such a recognisable feature of the Albert Dock Building would have been looming behind him. Having survived two World Wars, the clock tower would have still been there exactly 60 years later when some idiot decided to pull it down in 1957, - no doubt for very good reasons!