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A&P appledore, Wallsend

Shipyard cranes, Wallsend

I took this picture to record the ending of a long tradition of heavy engineering and shipbuilding on Tyneside. This is the former Swan Hunter yard in Wallsend where hundreds of shipbuilders from South Shields used to work, the cranes are now being dismantled in readiness for shipping to their new owners Bharati Shipyards in India. Swan hunter’s most famous ship was probably the RMS Mauretania built for Cunard, the HMS Ark Royal and the Esso Northumbria were also built here.

Picture taken from the Hebburn Marina and riverside park on the south bank of the River Tyne.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 220mm lens, 1/1000 second, f8, iso 200


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Written by curly

June 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Industry, Landscapes, Wallsend

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  1. Oh my, what gorgeous light. You sacrificed some color richness in the foreground for a beautiful enveloping platinum haze. It was worth it. The result is spectacular.

    If I may say so, there are a few CDPBs that, day after day, have superior photography but get relatively few comments. Your is one of the best. I also think of Alejandro in Buenos Aires and iBlowfish in Cleveland (who, to my concern, has been absent for a week). I don’t have the time to leave lots of comments but I wanted to tell you that I visit yours almost every day and it is among my favorites.


    June 28, 2008 at 2:31 am

  2. Hi Curly,

    Good photo. Is the larger of the two the infamous Titan Crane? If I’m right in thinking, this is the AMEC yard further upstream and these cranes will hopefully be saved from deportation??

    S Wilson

    June 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm

  3. hi, this pic is not of the swan hunter yard in wallsend, these cranes are the remander of the walker navel yard and are not to be moved to india. titan 2 (a floating crane) the floating dock and 2 large cranes from the walsend yard have already been taken down and moved to india.


    March 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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