Blyth ferry

Blyth ferry

Postby Keelman » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:38 pm

A scanned image taken from a photographic print which recently came into my possession. I'm unable to name the photographer.
Blyth ferry.jpg
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Re: Blyth ferry

Postby northeast » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:34 pm

And what a fine evocative image it is.
What sort of steam engine did they have to work the chain?
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Re: Blyth ferry

Postby Whickham » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:43 pm

Haven't yet identified the details. Built at Bill Quay in 1922 and fitted with a 6 hp engine
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Re: Blyth ferry

Postby creemaster » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:11 pm

Nice to see one taken from North Blyth for a change.
Bet she could get a 1/2 decent bow wave going if the river was a touch wider !
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Re: Blyth ferry

Postby magoonigal » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:35 pm

I like the "Engineer" with his wellies on ready to nip ashore with his wheelbarrow of ashes!
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Re: Blyth ferry

Postby Whickham » Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:30 am

Terry has sent me some extracts from the Shipbuilder & Marine Engine Builder including a short review of the ferry which was built by Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd at Bill Quay.

"B.H.C. High Ferry No. 2. VEHICULAR and passenger ferry. Built for the Blyth Harbour Commission. The hull is divided into five watertight compartments. There is a main carriage-way down the centre of the hull, which will carry motor lorries up to 8 tons weight. On each side of the carriage-way deckhouses are fitted for 300 to 400 passengers, ample seating accommodation being provided. The ferry is transported across the harbour by two wire ropes, guided through ball-bearing fairleads and operated by a powerful winch-type engine supplied by Messrs. Clarke, Chapman & Co., Ltd., Gateshead. The vessel passed through an official trial on her station early in September 1922."
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