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

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    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).

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:21:00 / 01:20:54:00
    G 849

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  1. Unknown user 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

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