Nasrullah Khan and the Dockers Umbrella

The Workington-based Times & Star describes an 1895 visit to weapons ranges at Silloth in the UK by The Shahzada Nasrullah Khan, second son of the Amir of Afghanistan. It also says he was impressed by the Liverpool Overhead Railway.

When a Silloth weapons range welcomed Afghanistan royalty

It has to be remembered that the Shahzada, who reportedly didn’t speak English too well, was undertaking a long and arduous state visit, was only 20 years of age. He’d travelled all over the country, albeit in his personal train, having to endure innumerable long and boring addresses from assorted “very important people.”

What did interest him were examples of technological development, he was much taken with Liverpool’s Overhead Railway.

Source: Times & Star 2009-07-02