The Michaelson Road Bridge in Barrow-in-Furness was built in two stages to replace the old Lift and Roll bridge by Head Wrightson c1960s. Due to submarines being built in the same area, the bridge was constructed in a vertical position and once complete it was maneuvered into its horizontal position.
Photograph and details courtesy of Tony Campbell.
Extract taken from Heavisides Almanac (part 2)…
‘Reaching now the last few miles of the river, I come to the end of my rambles, if one can ramble on the water. It is a bright afternoon, as the mater and I step on board a fine-lined steam yacht called the Gondolier, lying alongside a Stockton landing. At the appointed time, all being in readiness, our little vessel is soon speeding along in good style. Old Stockton is best seen from the river, and is said to be Dutch-like in character. Centuries ago history tells us the district traded a great deal with the Dutch, and our forefathers no doubt gathered many ideas from their intercourse with the Hollanders. We interestingly watch the movement of the numerous workmen busily engaged in the shipbuilding yards of Messrs. Craig, Taylor & Co., Messrs Ropner & Son and Messrs. Richardson, Duck & Co. Several leviathans are in the river nearing completion, and will soon proceed on their voyages to various parts of the world’.
Photograph taken with a No. 5 Poco Camera by Michael Heavisides.
The Liss with a gross tonnage of 5853 was built by the Furness Shipbuilding Company, Haverton Hill for A/S Krezimasko. The keel was laid on 18 February 1920 and the ship was launched on 26th May 1921.
The building of the Princess Diana Bridge in Stockton. It was opened on 23rd September 1992 and provides a road crossing between the Riverside Road, Stockton and the Tessdale area of Thornaby.
Two views taken from the top of the Castlegate Shopping Centre, Stockton. February 2015.
In the foreground is the replica HM Bark Endeavour and across the River Tees is Teesdale Business Park. On this clear and bright day you can see all the way to Roseberry Topping!
A view of Stockton quayside showing a crane putting piles in place on the banks of the River Tees as part of the Riverside Road construction c1969.
A photograph of Northern Sailboats on Riverside Road, Stockton c1985.
Looking towards the Victoria Bridge and the replica HM Bark Endeavour berthed on the River Tees, Stockton c2004.
A view of Victoria Bridge, Stockton, seen from Thornaby. The bridge was opened in 1887 to replace the earlier stone bridge.
I took this photograph of the HMS Kellington M1154 minesweeper prior to the listing/sinking/scrapping of this nice ship.
Photograph and details courtesy of Norman Smith.
The Santa Barbara was built at Haverton Hill shipyard and owned by Grace Steamship Line Inc,. The keel was laid on 20th May 1926 and the ship was launched on 8th Decemeber 1927.
Naess Louisiana Sulphur Tanker, built at the Furness Shipyards in Haverton Hill. The tanker was launched in 1964.
This photograph was taken from the perfect spot on the Millennium Bridge which enables you see the new Infinity Bridge, with the Transporter in the left hand arch and the Newport Bridge in the right hand arch.
Photograph and details courtesy of Alan Flattley.
Here are Ray Branson and Brian Dodds, who is in the shadow and is wearing a cap. They are the two fitters who are called in when minor repairs on the Transporter Bridge are needed. We happened to catch them soon after they had done one of their jobs. I am in the middle of the group. Another couple of pictures shows them talking to Tony Barber from the Newcomen Society about what they had been doing.
Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.
A photograph of the River Tees from the Stockton side, c1980s.
Courtesy of Joyce Chesney. Photograph taken by John W Chesney.
This unusual but easily accessible view of the Newport Lift Bridge shows it in its new paint scheme. Note the cables that run down to the central section of the bridge, which once upon a time could be lifted, and also the huge balance weights on the opposite sides of each tower. The more recent A19 road bridge can be seen in the background. Also is a gas holder belonging to Newport Gasworks in the middle foreground. The gasworks is long gone and the gas holder itself is not long for this world. But from where was this picture taken?
Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.