A postcard from Hull

This month’s card comes from someone emigrating to the New World via the NER’s Riverside Quay in Hull. The postcard title is in French. Emigrants would take a train to Liverpool and board one of the transatlantic steamers there. In the background is the clock tower, which also doubled up as a hydraulic accumulator for the docks.

Postcard from the John Alsop Collection

Riverside Quay was destroyed during World War 2; the clock tower survived this, but was demolished in the 1950s. The steamer in the foreground is the Jervaulx Abbey, of the Hull and Netherlands Steamship Co. Sold to China in 1936, she was acquired by the Japanese and was sunk by the USAAF in 1945.

Watch out for another postcard soon!

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