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Report - The last of the SwanHunters cranes - Wallsend

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Brick_Man, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Brick_Man

    Brick_Man 28DL Full Member
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    Having a bit of spare time from uni work I hit out at the north bank of the tyne, deciding to spend a few days checking out every lead and searching for new starting at the coast and working my way inland toward Newcastle I obviously pretty quickly came across what was left of the Swanhunter yard, and oh boy, was there bugger all left.

    Standing at the huge metal gates, I stood agasp at the desolate concrete yard infront of me, not a single shed left and only 2 cranes, the remaining hammerhead cranes. Amazed at how much had gone over the previous 6months (in a typically very quiet manor). Took a quick shot on the TLR before heading for a talk with the security guys, good fellas, obviously worked there when the yard was in use.


    awwww shiiiiitt its SECURITY SHIP!!!
    I kid ye not.
    Not minutes after I'd got to the first 'landing' as it were on the taller crane, I noticed something moving.
    Yup this red cable ship decided it was going to turn around right below me! And they had noticed me, a number of people on the lower deck and near the heli pad saw me via bino's and decided to wave, great :p

    Curious Metal Box
    After moving on up the rusty ladder way's the first thing you are greated with is the turntable, the crane top sits 'inside' a framework with a huge circular bearing at the top, talking 5-8m across, and atop an upside down pylon like structure with another bearing almost at the base of the crane. Manourvering beyond that gets you upto the cabin level. Many a crane operator would have spent hours couped up inside this metal box, far removed from the danger and mayhem of the work below.

    Lonely Chair Conversation

    what was left
    From the height of the crane cab you can still can't quite see to the sea at Tynemouth nor all that much of Newcastle city centre only just the taller buildings and outline of stadium. but whats more immediatly apparent is the poor state of whats left of the Tyneside shipbuilders. A&P still struggles on just over the water doing mild refurb's for various civilian & naval ships, and all the other yards are dormant or desolate, with only weeds, broken tarmac, and 2,500 ford fiesta's parked up. Virtually nothing else remains, a real sad sight, and sitting up in this cab is the view of the bare expanse of empty concrete slabs where the construction sheds of SwanHunter once stood.

    Lost Cause

    ON > OFF > IN > LOCK

    everybody has...

    no signs of life - she responds to nothing - she is dead to me

    a life story in duck tape

    cranes can haz depth gauge
    Bet you never knew cranes had depth gauges! I guess this indicated the travel of the hook, especially for places where the operator could not see. THis pair of hammerheads was located right on the Wharf, I guess used mainly for the unloading of materials for works as well as manouvering items to be fitted onto ships afloat in the river (please say if I'm wrong!). Another derelict yard in the background on the south side.

    your services are no longer required

    got to have a go haven't you!!!
    After way too many photos were taken inside, I moved outside as the morning light on a grumpy spring morning was looking really good.

    't3h (geordie) birdz'
    All photos of an industrial nature are made between 55-486% better by the inclusion of birds with slight hint of movement. BrickFact. Original 't3h birdz' .... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brickman_photos/3256599416/)

    krusty walkway
    By now the time was getting on past 6am, and a solitary pickup truck made its way gingerly across the vast expanse that was once SwanHunters, yup, geezer in HiVis, can't be security.. It wasn't. It was the first contractor of the day, with demolition day looming the guy had come to scope out the crane for himself before his team arrived. He seemed very interested in the buildings below the Swanneck crane rails. I took refuge inside the motor room for a while.

    WindR House
    After a 15min stuff food into face whilst trying not to clear out pigeons, I gave up trying to hide from the lone O'Briens contractor and strode out taking shots and boldly waving as he glanced up. He wasn't bothered, either it was too much hassle fetching security, or as most contractors would he believed I was equally supposed to be there.

    oh hai
    can you see him?

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