A number of Staveley families had found their way to Liverpool by the end of the 19th Century. Bustling international trade in Cotton and woolen goods, timber, iron and steel turned Liverpool into one of England's largest seaports of the day. A steady stream of steamships were arriving and departing almost daily, carrying goods and passengers in and out of Liverpool. Some of the most famous shipping lines and vessels could be seen here. Cunard's Lusitania, and the White Star Line's Titanic are perhaps the most famous of all the ships that passed through this port.
Liverpool's booming cotton industry attracted a few entrepreneurial Staveleys to the region. Two Staveley brothers, cotton merchants by trade from West Derby, made more than two dozen trips to Dallas Texas from Liverpool between 1903-1924. Frederic Winbolt Staveley, of Bootle, was a Commission and Shipping Merchant, and his son Richard followed in his father's footsteps and became a Shipping Agent.