South Shields Daily Photo

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The end of a shipyard

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Middle Dock, South Shields

Middle Dock, South Shields

This is all that remains of the Middle Dock by the River Tyne in South Shields. demolition crews have moved in to clear the land and in a few short years this area which one built and repaired ships will be renewed with houses, pubs, restaurants and shops. The old industries have died and a new beginning is on it’s way.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 80mm lens, 1/90 second, f5.6, iso 200 (the vignette was added with Photoshop)



Written by curly

January 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

6 Responses

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  1. This is a sad image. The whole area is steeped with industrial heritage. I hope that whatever new development takes place is forward-looking but at the same time doesn’t forget the area’s proud past. Here’s to that new beginning…

    S Wilson

    January 28, 2008 at 12:24 am

  2. You have really captured the nostalgia of the area. It’s sad.


    January 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

  3. …ah, yes, more of those pubs, bars and restaurants. No wonder MacDonalds has been authorised to offer an “A Level”.

    BTW……the Gherkin is officially the “Swiss Re Building” developed by Swiss Re. I gather that a lot of the space is still unlet, but maybe that’s old news. It’s great to see it in the flesh. I may be wrong but I believe it’s built on the site of the Baltic Exchange blown up by the IRA.


    January 28, 2008 at 9:01 pm

  4. I find this sad too. I know life moves on, but this picture for me epitomises the death knell of the old working ethic of Britain to be replaced by a leisure culture which further polorises us between the haves and have nots. Those who ‘have’ enjoy it, whilst those who ‘have not’ work there in low paid leisure industry jobs!


    January 28, 2008 at 10:10 pm

  5. and maybe a few more fishing shots in the river will be opened up


    January 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

  6. My father was killed at Middle Dock. Decapitated by the demolition ball. Have tried over and over to find any
    details. It was in the Shields Gazette at the time but have had no luck finding article. This was August 1973.

    suzanne rose de matas

    August 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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