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Report - Cammell Laird Shipbuilders, Birkenhead – March 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Gone, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Gone

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    Visited with Sui & OneByOne...

    Had this one planned for a long time and with the good weather that we had had in the morning we set off towards Liverpool and then though the tunnel to Birkenhead.

    When the ship hall was built in the 1970’s it was one of the largest in Europe and can currently be seen from many places in Liverpool/Birkenhead. The ship hall is now one of the few buildings left at that end of the docks but was once surrounded with workshops and other buildings.

    The ship hall is divided into two internal slipway bays, The site then carries on further externally with two slipways down to the River Mersey.
    Standing at roughly 130 Ft. tall the ship hall houses nearly 15000 m2 of building/work space with four 130 tonne cranes and two smaller 15 tonne cranes.

    The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead was established in 1824, and is still building, repairing and converting ships. The site was the first to use iron and steel in shipbuilding and also the first to build double bottoms for water ballast.

    Warships, Submarines, Passenger Liners, Fishing Vessels, Tankers, Cargo Vessels and Ferries have all been built at the site. The last surface ship built at the yard was HMS Campbeltown in 1989, while the last complete boat to be built was the submarine HMS Unicorn in 1993.

    The Royal Navy super carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth & HMS Prince of Wales) that are set to be finished in 2016/18 have been a major factor at the Cammell Laird site with the work of the flight decks for the ships being taken out at the site.

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    Outer.

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    Up

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    Signage

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    Down

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    Escalators

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    Cab Outer.

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    Inner Cab

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    Volts.

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    Cab

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    130 Tonnes

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    Low Headroom

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    Crane Top

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    Centre

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    Panoramic

    After climbing up and down ladders for a good few hours we set in search for the roof.

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    Cathedral

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    Lights

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    Liverpool Panoramic

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    Sui, Gone & OneByOne.

    Thanks for looking, Gone...​
     

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