Whitehall Shipyard

Whitehall Shipyard

Postby Poyntonian » Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:44 pm

We recently rented a holiday flat in a development built on the site of the former Whitehall Shipyard. The photo shows a sign nearby. I was amused by "the swing bridge in the harbour limited the size of vessels capable of passing through it to 57,000 tons", clearly not written by anyone with a knowledge of shipping. I wonder what other errors there are.

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Whitehall Shipyard info board

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Whitehall site

The site of the dry dock is the gap between the buildings near the staging on the right bank.
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Re: Whitehall Shipyard

Postby northeast » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:35 am

Fine view of the upper harbour Mike. Parkol are busy, as ever.
BROOMFIELD was indeed the last from the yard, launched 10/04/1902 and Turnbull's yard no. 145 for their own account as shipowners as well as shipbuilders. I think she was about 56,999 tons :)
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Re: Whitehall Shipyard

Postby Poyntonian » Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:12 pm

I think your BROOMFIELD would have been over 2000 ft in length if her width was narrow enough to go through the swing bridge. It only had a 45 ft span in those days.

The vessels at Parkol were ABLE ONE (much featured elsewhere), and fishing vessels PROPITIOUS TH181, HEATHER SPRIG BCK181 and J-SEA E333 in dry dock. ABLE THREE is hidden behind dry dock and buildings.
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