On the Road

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Followers of my other blog Pie ‘n’ Mushies will recall that I caught what looked like a giant spare tyre being unloaded in the dock.


This morning the same (I assume) object was creating merry chaos in the Michaelson Road/Bridge Road area of Barrow Island as it made its way on a low loader from the dockside to the assembly shop, shrouded in a giant binliner.


It’s not the biggest thing ever to have been transported of course – a couple of years ago the conning tower of HMS Astute made a trip from the assembly shop to the DDH – but they still make a mess when negotiating the Coffee House and/or Walney Bridge roundabouts.

Now, in the grand old days of the shipyard this wouldn’t have been necessary. See where all those cars are parked in front of the blue windows? That used to be railway lines, used for shifting all sorts of stuff about the shipyard/docks/ironworks when I was little.


One Response to “On the Road”

  1. You may be interested in my blog on one particular shipyard, Henry Robb’s in Leith which was in production from 1918 to the 80’s, so a very different type of yard from the modern ones. The blog is in the early stages, but will include the memories and experiences of some of those who worked there in future posts.


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