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October: HMS Illustrious visits Liverpool

Ark Royal Visits Liverpool
Ark Royal Visits Liverpool
Ark Royal Visits Liverpool

In October 2009, the Invincible Class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious will visit Liverpool and spend the weekend receiving visitors in the city. 

The city, whose dock area is listed as a World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding maritime history, will be the only city other than London to be visited by an aircraft carrier in the 100th year of naval aviation.

These days, the berths of the River Mersey are more used to receiving cruise liners than warships, and the sight of ‘Battleship Grey’ always draws large crowds.  When HMS Ark Royal visited in June 2008, thousands took the opportunity to step aboard, and thousands more lined the banks of the river to wish her well when she sailed.

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