The Pier Head and landing stages have been places where the people of Liverpool have been able to view, participate in and enjoy many of the major maritime celebrations and events of the last hundred years. It is the city's equivalent to the Sydney Opera House, Fisherman's Wharf at San Francisco, the Manhattan Piers in New York and the Tower Bridge in London; a hub of transport, culture and transatlantic shipping. This book will take readers on a comprehensive photographic guide, past and present, not only of Liverpool Pier Head and Landing Stages and the architectural changes undergone, but also the regular visitors to Liverpool riverside, their own histories, and the technological changes of the shipping industry.
Ian Collard a well-known local author and has written many books on ocean liners and cargo ships, particularly those sailing out of Liverpool itself. Acknowledged as one of the local experts, he has even appeared on radio to tell of his times as an author. He lives in the Wirral, within sight and sound of the Mersey.