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Ports at play

When reaching port, a ship's crew want to enjoy themselves. There are people around to help sailors spend their money, not always wisely.
Why ports are lively places

Ports are special places because of their rich, varied if sometimes rowdy social life. Discover the reasons why ports have retained this richness, even when seamen no longer have the time to enjoy themselves like they used to.
Sailors at play

At any one time, there could be as many as 10,000 sailors in a big port like Liverpool. Many would have money in their pockets. Find out what they got up to.
Pubs and clubs

Pubs and clubs are both places of refreshment and entertainment. They are also places where business is conducted, good and bad. Learn more about life in pubs and clubs.

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Sailors at play

Quick quiz
A 'Chinatown' grew up around the port of Liverpool. Why?
  The Liverpool-based Blue Funnel shipping line mainly employed Chinese sailors
Lots of Chinese migrants travelled there in search of work
The local council set up a Chinese cultural quarter

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