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The Three Graces, Liverpool


The Pier Head is the historic location of Liverpool's landing stages and a trio of landmarks known as the 'Three Graces': Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building.

Originally, the Prince's Landing Stage was situated at the Pier Head to serve the trans-Atlantic liner service. It was opened in the later nineteenth century, and scrapped in 1972.

Only a few months after this stage was opened in 1972 (replacing the Prince's Landing Stage), it had to be refloated, after sinking in freak weather conditions. Similar conditions, and an extremely low tide on 2nd of March 2006, caused it sink again, probably because one of its girder's air pockets ruptured. This time it was destroyed, and a permanent replacement is not expected until late 2007. The Mersey Ferries operate from a floating landing stage adjacent to the Pier Head, owned by Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. Ferries travel to Woodside in Birkenhead & Seacombe in Wallasey.

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