Although best know for the Fab Four, Liverpool had a long and insteresting history before the Beatles made the city world famous.
The town was built and streets designed in 1207 by King John. After a slow start, Liverpool became a powerful port city and attracted arguably the most diverse population outside of London. At one point in the mid 1800’s, 25% of the city’s new births were to Irish immigrants who had recently fled the famine. With the advent of steam engines, the city became a hub of commercial shipping and transportation, growing wealthy by the slave trade and sealing industry.
The doomed RMS Titanic bore the Liverpool port of registry due to the White Star Line’s home office along the Mersey River and nearby Irish Sea. A memorial dedicated to the brave men of the ship’s engine room who continued to pack coal into the massive boilers, even as frigid seawater…
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