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CAR No.101 being loaded aboard the “Old Oxton” at West Float, Birkenhead in 1926. The car already stored on board can not be identified.
Text on reverse of photograph refers: -
(Luggage Boats) - The Old Oxton. The Mersey Waggon Ferry
This interesting picture shows the loading of Pullman rail cars (destined for Ireland) on to the boat Old Oxton “luggage” boat at West Float, Birkenhead, in the 1920s. Old Oxton was built in 1879. She and two other goods steamers, the Bebington (1880), the Tranmere (1884), and the passenger ferry Mersey (1890), were sold for scrap in 1926. The Old Oxton and the Old Bebington were replaced that year by the new goods steamers bearing the names of simply Oxton and Bebington. The luggage service ended in July, 1941 when Oxton and Bebington were released to act as crane vehicles unloading aircraft from U.S. Ships in the river and placing them on the landing stage. Both old vessels were sold for scrap in about 1949.