This video has no sound
  • Short Summary

    Footage of destroyed pier after collision with Dutsh Steamer and Ferry.

  • Description

    Location unknown.

    Full titles read: "NEW FERRY WRECKED - during dense fog by Dutch Steamer luckily no lives were lost."

    L/S 's of long pier. The middle of the pier is broken and is lying in the sea (presumably this were the ferry ran into it).

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    404.19
    Media URN:
    19468
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1922
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:21:00 / 01:20:54:00
    Canister:
    G 849

Comments (1)

  1. Trearan says

    The wrecked pier was New Ferry Pier at New Ferry, Wirral, Merseyside. It was built in 1865 by a local entrepreneur, a sugar refiner from Liverpool named MacFie, at his own expense (£10,000). A ferry service operated from here, bringing day-trippers from Liverpool's South Harrington dock to the green and pleasant shoreline of New Ferry where there were fields and picnic grounds, a hotel and a few shops. New Ferry developed as a tourist destination. But in 1922, a drunken Dutch steamer captain accidentally drove his ship right through the middle of the pier, damaging it severely. The pier was never repaired due to lack of money, whilst the tourists moved elsewhere (to Eastham, Woodside and New Brighton). The remains of the wrecked pier were left, a tangled wreck slowly being eroded further by the tides, and the structure was finally demolished in 1929. It was never rebuilt and New Ferry's tourism industry was effectively killed off. More info about this at www.newferryonline.org.uk

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment