Bumblebee I

Bumblebee I

Postby Whickham » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:10 pm

Although this photo shows barge BUMBLEBEE I and her tug WESWEAR coming into the Tyne, in my mind they were more associated with the Wear. I think they took over from Carney's fleet to dump colliery waste from Wearmouth Pit out at sea. Were there 3 Bumblebees?

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See WESWEAR at: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=21764
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby northeast » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:01 pm

A swarm of BUMBLEBEEs?
I saw one laid up at 's-Gravendeel in June 2006 but just recorded it as BUMBLEBEE and now I can't find the photo!
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby Whickham » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:34 pm

That sounds like the sort of thing I would do. I expected better from you.
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby northeast » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:31 pm

Have you tried asking Arthur?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rpBAZEVHmI
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby magoonigal » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:35 pm

There were FOUR Bumblebee's because BB4 ran aground on Whitburn Steel during a Gale on the evening of December 7th 1990. She was refloated some time later but two crewmen on the Barge were winched to safety. I think the tug suffered some damage as well but not 100% sure.

They loaded waste at Harton Staith and one was dumped whilst the other one was being loaded etc....
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Re: Bumblebee

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:40 pm

Bumblebee 4 aground at Whitburn on 16 December 1990.
Bumblebee 4, Whitburn, 16 december 1990_1.jpg
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Re: Bumblebee I

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:30 pm

Weswear with Bumblebee 1 & Bumblebee 2 at Harton Staiths on 29 July 1989.
Weswear, Bumblebee 1 & Bumblebee 2, South Shields, 29 July 1989_1.jpg
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Re: Bumblebee I

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:31 pm

Bumblebee 3 & Bumblebee 4 at Harton Staiths on 29 July 1989.
Bumblebee 3 & Bumblebee 4, South Shields, 29 July 1989_1.jpg
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Re: Bumblebee I

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:01 pm

Even a humble barge can be photogenic in the right conditions - Bumblebee 4 on 1 January 1993.
Bumble, 1 January 1993_1_1.jpg
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Re: Bumblebee I

Postby Whickham » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:09 am

Nice one Dennis. Was that a humble barge or a bumble barge? :D
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