6 thoughts on “Recollections of a River

  1. Blair’s Shear Legs, a feature of the Stockton skyline for nearly fifty years, were built by the crane manufacturer Cowan Sheldon of Carlisle in 1887. They were capable of raising a maximum load of just over 100 tons. In 1933 they were partly destroyed by a fire and dismantled.


  2. The Sheerlegs in the Blair/Ropner shipyard can clearly be seen on the right hand side of the picture as a huge triangle. They must be at least 100 feet(30-40 metres)high, and would have been used for manhandling steel plates and channels, and engine parts for ship building.


  3. The logo on the side of the lightly coloured Ship Launch Inn (above left) at 27 Quayside appears to be the famous red triangle of Bass and Company. The Bass red triangle is one of the world”s oldest logos and the first trademark registered in Britain (in 1876). The windows of the Baltic Tavern at 18 Quayside also advertised Bass products as captured by Batty in his painting of the pub looking up Sugarhouse Open, see t2141. The ship under construction in the Ropner yard in the background looks very similar to the ship being built in s41 = Shipping and river traffic on the Tees, c.1900, suggesting both photographs were taken in a similar era.


  4. Cliff Thornton – Cliff thanks for alerting me to the “teesships” site. There are several reports on the reserve fleet moored at Hartlepool in the 50″s. My parents were both Hartlepudlians & I was taken to see the mothballed fleet before it was scrapped. Further to this, my mother in law, an Aberdonian, was a WREN after the war. Stationed at Hartlepool, she too remembers the docks full of “surplus” RN vessels – i”ts a small world!


  5. The boat in the foreground is the WILLIAM HANSON, 107 gross tons, a buoy tender owned by the Tees Conservancy Commissioners. She was built in 1897 by Hepple & Co., North Shields and was in service until she was sold in 1950. She later sank in the River Humber in October 1952. (From information compiled by John Proud for TEES PACKET, journal of the Teesside Ship Society/WSS Branch.)The above information was kindly supplied by Ron Mapplebeck who rund the website about ships of the River Tees at http://www.teesships.freeuk.com/


  6. Ship Launch Inn – if you enlarge the thumbnail of this photograph you can clearly see the pub and its location on the quay side. It was then in a much better condition than the derelict state shown in t6627.


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