Our main image this week shows Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, stepping ashore at Liverpool Quay in November 1951 after an arduous tour of Canada.
Receiving the future Queen is the Lord Lieutenant of the County Palatine of Lancaster, the Earl of Derby.
The royal couple made the tour on behalf of King George VI, who was too ill to travel. Their itinerary included visits to Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
The whole event was recorded for posterity by the National Film Board of Canada in a documentary movie entitled Royal Journey.
Princess Elizabeth saw the Toronto Maple Leafs ice-hockey team in action at the Maple Leaf Gardens indoor arena, as well as making whistle-stop calls to the cities of Moncton and Sackville.
Moving forward to August 2014, Liverpool Quay is receiving a very different visitor – the historic paddle steamer Waverley picking up passengers on the way to Llandudno.
Built in 1946, the Waverley sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973, when it started operating passenger excursions around Britain. As such, the Waverley is the world’s last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer.
The Waverley has appeared in a number of TV documentaries and movies, including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011.
Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available at £9.99 plus postage and packaging.
Just go to inostalgia.co.uk to place your order or ring the hotline on 01928 503777.