TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby teesships » Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:15 pm

Having just posted an entry about the BARO at: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=20014
I noted the comment: they (Harkess) used the T.C.C. Graving Dock for sundry repair work, a profitable sideline.
This, I think, explains the presence of the vessels shown in the following photos from old TCC handbooks:

1897 handbook:
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1906 handbook:
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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby Hornbeam » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:23 pm

Looking at the top picture of the Graving Dock it had not changed that much when I saw it in the late 1950's, the only thing missing is the lifting equipment on left hand side of the Dock, the Steam crane on the right hand side looks like the same one that I saw, the machines in the Workshops were all belt driven. It was a very old fashioned place, if you were going alongside the Jetty where the photograph was taken from to collect some stores you had better be sure that the Fireman (on a coal burner) made sure the steam pressure was well below the blood on the boiler, if the Safety's lifted the unforgettable Bob H. (Supt) would be out of his office like a rocket to give you an earful. Nearly all the fleet received there overhauls here.
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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:27 pm

Where was (is?) this dock?
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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby Hornbeam » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:50 pm

Dennis, the Dock was at Cargo Fleet on the South side of the river, I have not been that way for a very long time, as far as I am aware it has been filled in and now has a Workshop on top of it.
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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby Hornbeam » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:01 pm

Looking at Google it was to the left of Cargo Fleet River view park as far as I can make out.
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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby teesships » Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:46 pm

Hornbeam may well be right that the old steam crane, which I think is visible in both photos, was still there when he was.

In fact, I suspect it remained in service until 19 March 1968. How can I be so precise? A large slice of my career within the Personnel Department for TCC/THPA was in investigating and dealing with Employers' Libility accident claims agains the Authority. It was on that date that my photograhic skills were first called into use by my boss. Sadly, there was a serious accident at the Graving Dock and the cranedriver was seriously injured - burnt or scalded - while operating the crane. Memory fades but I think the machine had somehow overturned, rather than exploded. The old crane was certainly a write-off!!

Not only is the date of that accident in my shipping notebook, but I amanaged to end that sad morning by taking the photo of the FRANCIS SAMUELSON and the PRIESTMAN DREDGER NO. 2. See: viewtopic.php?f=139&t=367

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Re: TCC GRAVING DOCK - ship repairs

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:57 am

Thanks Ron & Ron.
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