Hawthorne & Leslie, Ship Builders, South Tyneside (20/06/07)
Leslie's yard was once a major employer in Hebburn. It closed in the early 80s but parts of the yard were used briefly in the 90s by Swan Hunters (who are a larger shipyard on the opposite bank of the Tyne) .
Leslies was also the home of HMS Cavalier a WWII cruiser for many years. There were even plans to open the yard as a shipbuilding museum with Cavalier (which is similar to vessels that were built at the yard) as the center piece. Nothing even came of the plans and HMS Cavalier left in the late 90s.
The yard now consists of the old office admin block, a few construction sheds and up until a couple of weeks ago a nice building that looked a bit like a church with a clock tower - which was a design office I think. With housing development plans rumoured on the web I thought it was time to take some pictures.
The explore concentrates on the office admin block and construction sheds, which are the main structures remaining.
One of the old moorings
The clock tower circa two weeks ago
Exploration of the tower had to be aborted today for obvious reasons, bugger. Note the crane in the background is on the opposite side of the Tyne at Swanhunters.
Into the sheds.
Tools and component shelves
And climbing up into the Admin Offices.
Funny the things that survive, the place has clearly been chav'ed up but this excercise machine looked in good nick
Note the drawing bench in the background here. There were also big drawers that would of contained designs and plans in this room.
It was amazing how much paper work and books were lieing round the place. The business has clearly gone bust and everything has been left. The building has been quite securely sealed at closure but its been broken into and recked since.
Found the main front door and reception, this is where you'd call in and order a big ship I presume.
Calendar from 2003 which was a surprise as the web suggests the yard wasn't used since the 90s.
I couldn't find the visitors book so sorry no...
If anyone has anymore info on the yard and some old photos I'd be grateful to hear as there's not all that much on the web about it, even the wikipedia page doesn't say much.