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South Shields pier

South Shields pier

Yes they look like tram lines but I don’t think trams ever ran here. This is the south pier, a mile long from the pier head to the wooden doll, (which used to be stuck in the cement of the lighthouse at the end), on the right is the headquarters of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade. The foundation stones for the pier were laid in 1854 and at that time these lines were also laid for a steam powered crane to carry the gigantic boulders that were dropped into the sea to form the base of the pier , the crane was only destroyed in recent decades! The north and south piers were not completed until 41 years later in 1895.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/750 second, f8, iso 200


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Written by curly

June 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. That’s a canny picture, Curly. I wish I had £1 for every time I’ve walked between those tracks as a lad, and as a father and grandfather.
    My heart sank when I read that you were abandoning this site, it’s a daily visit for me. But my spirits rose again when you mentioned starting a new one. Keep up the good work.

    alf stone

    June 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm

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