You never know who’s looking

I took this photo at Hawthorne Leslie’s Yard back in 2003. The fountain was stolen in 2005. Yesterday I received an email from a chap in Costa Rica who is writing an article about cast-iron fountains (don’t ask). However he did say that “that in my country we have a replica of the same model Fontana, acquired in England in 1868 and melted by Coalbrookdale and Co.” As Michael Caine might have said – “Not many people know that”


See the article on my website HERE

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The removal of the Baltic Ace

The incredible feat of the salvage of the sunken car-carrier Baltic Ace.
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Two big ships

The Amandine Ro-Ro ferry from A&P Tyne and Hoegh Target – the first of a series of the biggest car-transporters ever built, both left the river today.

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And so they go

The barges finally left on 14th December, in the dark.

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A drive up river

Since there seems to be a delay in the departure of the barges from OGN I decided to ‘get them’ just in case they left while it is dark.

There is also some industrial dredging going on at the former Swan Hunter yard to remove the polluted  waste before infilling the last dock.

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Fernao de Magalhaes (Ferdinand Magellan) departs

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Pinta – hopper dredger

The hopper/suction-dredger arrived overnight to join Tiger and Fernao de Magalhaes to increase the depth of the river by the Riverside Quay.


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