Director of National Museums Liverpool, Laura Pye, said decisions like this could not be “taken quickly” and it had been important to have a “particularly rigorous period of consultation, evaluation and self-checking”.
“We are immensely proud to share Liverpool’s maritime stories. It is a rich and multi-layered history. De Wadden will continue to have a role within this, whether that’s through digital 3D imagery, the elements of the ship we keep or any personal memories we might collect,” she added.
The ship was built in the Netherlands in 1917 and was used to carry coal and other goods including grain, pit props, china clay and mineral ores from the city to Irish ports between 1922 and 1961.