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Report - Port of Sunderland, Hudson Docks July 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by catbalou, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. catbalou

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    Decided on an evening visit to the Port of Sunderland to check out a building on Hudson Docks which myself and Stranton had viewed from a distance in Hendon in previous weeks.
    It looked promising, but most areas in the building were not accessible...partly due to being bricked up, and partly due to the fact that since being on Port Authority grounds, cameras were everywhere and time was of the essence. We found the building in a sorry state, which is sad as it holds a lot of history.

    The Hudson Dock, the first in a complex known as the South Docks which extend from the harbour entrance to Hendon, revolutionised shipping into and out of the port of Sunderland when it opened in 1850.

    The dock was used above all for coal transport, served by a complex of railway lines bringing coal from the Durham pits inland. It was also a hive of other industry, including Bartram's shipyard, which launched ships into the sea from the outer part of the dock, before sailing the vessels into the dock to be fitted out.

    The Port of Sunderland now controls the whole vast area, including Corporation Quay, and it is closed to the public. The huge Hudson dock retains its grandeur, its power to surprise and impress. A few of the port's other 19th-century features survive, though not in good condition


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    Not much to see :( but thought I'd share it anyway

    Cat
     

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