Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

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Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:37 pm

Never tire of examining this busy scene of yesteryear
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by yorkieman » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:20 am

Yes indeed Angus, a classic view from 1960's, mind you that was before I got into the port management and sold it all off!
But when I was first there as a trainee in 1968 this was a familiar scene, the silo was fed by 4 land-based elevators on north side and 2 on the south, working into conveyors on tunnels beneath the quay (I did once take a walk into them), when I go down the quay nowadays I still note the small circular covers over the openings every 50 yards or so.
Then we had 4 floating elevators, CARNABY was the big one nearest on the right, the othere were WANSFORD, RYEHILL and WHITEDALE which were renamed from MOT ELEVATOR No.3, 5 and 6 in early 1960's, they had been built in 1954, CARNABY in 1962.
Freighter on right looks like a Suisse-Atlantique, not sure of the engines-aft on the left but behind her is TINTAGEL or TANTALLON CASTLE then I think a Black Star.
Rare to see a deep-sea ship in here nowadays, mainly coaster traffic as with so many of the big old docks around the country.
Ah, memories!
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:25 am

So, even at that tender young age, you were scurrying around the tunnels, drains, culverts and anywhere else where the odd bit of millet might have dropped during unloading .... ?

Excellent bit of accompanying information for that nostalgic image - thanks !
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by davidwat » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:27 pm

George,

I remember being in there on Lanarkshire in 1959, with a part discharge of bulk grain(unusual for Clan Line). Dock management was wanting to bring in cranes with grabs for the discharge (wow, how modern was that!), but the unions were objecting vociferously, as usual. So they decided to have a one hour competition, with one hold being discharged by crane and grab, and one hold being discharged in the traditional way by stevedores shovelling the grain into wicker baskets which were then lifted out using ships derricks. So the stevedores picked a gang of their fittest and fastest shovellers, and best winch drivers, and the race began. After one hour it was no contest-----the stevedores had won hands down, and management had to concede and revert to the traditional method.

Whereupon the stevedores just reverted to their usual go-slow methods, and nobody broke sweat, and the discharge took ages.

As you say-----happy days!
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Post by yorkieman » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:42 pm

Before my time David! But yes the grain was discharged 'by hand' into the 1950's and I believe there was once a long strike over the conditions which must have been appalling. Mind you, there were so many strikes that it could have been several short ones with no-one noticing the bit of work in between! I was involved at the end of the piecework scheme in 1970, going ship to ship making extra awards demanded for almost anything until the awards were bought out by putting them on 'a guinea an hour', a big rate back in 1970. But productivity was always poor .... a major achievement when a ship eventually sailed!
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by Patrick Hill » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:49 pm

And in another way the view along the dock may not be able to be taken again - I have heard a rumour that the silo may soon be demolished.... well it may help my TV reception as I live in the shadow of the silo :mrgreen:

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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by terry.thwaite » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:21 am

Here it is with a bit of colour !
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by terry.thwaite » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:32 am

....... and heres a couple more .
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:03 pm

Excellent, Terry - thanks !
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by starr5 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:32 pm

Terry can you name the barge alongside Baltic Star for me. have tried to find out before

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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by terry.thwaite » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:49 pm

I can't make her out Mike, shes defineatly Trent with them bulwarks so I bet Bill or Ray Web would know.
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by yorkieman » Sat Sep 18, 2010 7:38 pm

The timber ships photo is labelled King George but looks like Victoria Dock to me.
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by terry.thwaite » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:13 pm

George it is indeed Vicy Dock but I put it on to computer at same time as the King George picture and I'm not clever enough to give it its own name.
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by starr5 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:48 pm

The one with Baltic Star on is in Alexandre Dock 23 North
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by davidships » Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:23 am

yorkieman wrote:...Freighter on right looks like a Suisse-Atlantique, not sure of the engines-aft on the left
I think that the Suisse-Atlantique is the Burntisland-built ROMANDIE/SILS of 1952.
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Re: Busy Scene at the Hull Docks

Post by yorkieman » Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:41 am

Yes I think so David, not aware of any sisters ....
http://www.swiss-ships.ch/schiffe/sils_ ... ls_046.htm
will ask Markus Berger for his opinion to make sure.
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