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Report - Hawthorne & Leslie, ShipBuilders, Tyneside 18/10/2007

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Brick_Man, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. Brick_Man

    Brick_Man 28DL Full Member
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    Visited with The Loon, Loons Lady, Mykal and friend (Dave? sorry).

    Went for a quick explore, but were spooked by some old bat calling someone else :( so made ourselves scarse to be on the safe side. then returned a few hours later with the Loon for a proper rumage about, and found a few nice finds. Including original pictures of ships and people at work in the drawing offices (will get the negs and pictures scanned up:) soon enough.


    found out that Hawthorne & leslie ALSO built steam locamotives, whcih would explain a few of the drawings I saw (boilers).
    see here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorn_Leslie_and_Company

    also found some pictures of ships (now scrapped in india) that were made here..
    http://www.shipphotos.co.uk/sheets/hawthorn.htm

    sorry XM I nicked your outside picture as I forgot to take one (AGAIN :mad: getting real bad at not taking exterior pics).
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    the storerooms.

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    looking back out of the storerooms.

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    whats left of one of the offices. full of artifacts in here, including quite a few photos of workers and ships built/refurbed here. and about a thousand takeaway tins.

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    found this bloke :) not sure who he is, but I intend to find out.

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    the loon vibrating around a bit.

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    the now infamous mini excersise bike.

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    overview of the main warehouse, theres another next door, but the security hut looks right into it, so maybe a tad difficult.

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    found at the back, maybe half a dozen coils of this ship's rope.

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    'Dogs' LOL

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    more of the piked out mess (years and years old)

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    again at the back of the wharehouse in the dim gloom.

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    one of two courtyards, this one I took a few pics of the biggest web of drainage pipes you've ever seen, however my camera appears to have deleted the good ones :crazy

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    A look over the river at Swan Hunters shipyard (in wallsend) being stripped down with gas axe's, that big red crane on the left is currently been targetted by a load of poles, whilst th red one at the back is half way down already and being shipped over to india :mad:

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    by the time the sun is up again on swan hunters more of it will be gone. its very sad, wish I could have been here 20yrs back when this part of the time would have probably had 15-20 different ships been built in it.


    As we left some chavs on the other side of the river were busy burning some remains of a shipyard that was JUST to the west of swanhunters, its 3 drydocks are pretty nackered.

    AS I said earlier, I will get the pictures of past ships/workers posted up, keeping it alive :thumb

    more pictures here...
    http://s183.photobucket.com/albums/x30/brickman_photos/Hawthorn Leslie ShipBuilders/
     

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  2. Brick_Man

    Brick_Man 28DL Full Member
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    Re: Hawthorne & Leslie, ShipBuilders, Tyneside 18.10.2007

    http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_shipbuild.asp?sb=rwh
    found some more info on some ships built in 1902/03. one seemed to get around quite a LOT!! atlantic crossings, then meddertarnian and all over :thumb could do the atlantic liverpool to boston in 5/7 days :eek:

    asbesto's = lots, p3 in confined spaces is generally a good idea. builders nicked mine but luckily I found a brand new one in hawthorn that was brand new in box :D and about 20 filters for various other masks.


    H&L in the last years (maybe upto 2003) made some fancy sheet metal sculptures. will get then pictures posted up too

    an example of what they used to build...
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    they built approx 6-10 destroyers between 1938-1944 that saw active service, and a few in 1945 that didn't. inc minelayers/sweepers, destroyers, tank transporters, cruisers, I've found records of a few, but there are many more that got built (less than 2,000tonnes) that I haven't found records of.

    tis addictive this research!!
     
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