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Observe well

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South Shields Marine College

South Tyneside College

This is a picture of the South Shields campus of the South Tyneside College, formerly known as the Marine College, which has a worldwide reputation for the education and training of cadets intending to work at sea for major shipping companies. In the next few years these buildings will be demolished and replaced by a new college designed and built to face the challenges of the next fifty years or so.

Unfortunately this wonderful observatory and planetarium will not be replaced here, and it’s uses in nautical education are becoming redundant too as the world’s shipping relies more heavily on sattelite navigation rather than the old observance of the sun, the moon, and the stars. I’ve enjoyed some great nights sitting in the planetarium being given a guided tour around the heavens by one of the college lecturers, it’s a shame that it has to go.

Fortunately the observatory will be carefully disassembled and rebuild at a nearby facilty in the North-East of England, so at least astronomers will be able to continue using it’s equipment.

Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 65mm lens, 1/60 second, f5.6, iso 100


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Written by curly

January 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Buildings, Colour, South Shields

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  1. The desire to demolish without preserving seems to be a worldwide “problem.” I’d be inclined to bet that in the not-too distant future there may be some regrets about its demolition.


    January 27, 2009 at 2:11 am

  2. nice perspective

    glad to see you are taking photos regularly. Hope you’ve found ways to perk up your photo-taking.

    I hit ruts every now and again too. It can be tough. But then I see my photos in a different way or encounter something new in the streets.

    keep up with the great work!


    January 27, 2009 at 5:15 am

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