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Mill Dam, South Shields

Mill Dam, South Shields

Looking at this picture you have to use your imagination a little and try and cast your mind back in time to around 135 years ago. In 1873 this area of the Mill Dam was bustling with activity. In an era when wooden hulled twin and triple masted ships tied up on the riverside just yards away, and  sailors mingled with stevedores, customs men, policemen, and dockers. Most would have been looking for casual work loading and unloading the ships that berthed here, others would have been employed in the shops that used to occupy this building, The Quadrant, which was restored and converted into apartments in 1986.

Here you would find a ship’s chandler (Peterson’s I think) where you could buy everything from a sextant, or a barrel of rum, or telescope, to a side of salted beef. There was also a sail maker here, (who continued at least until the early 1950s), and a victualler who supplied many ships with the foodstuffs that would keep them going for the next few months.

Next door stood a Lutheran church, which is still preserved too, along with The Missions To Seamen.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 31mm lens, 1/45 second, f8, iso 200

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Written by curly

January 22, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, History, South Shields

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