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Bryan Young

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Smiths Docks
« on: September 27, 2011, 05:29:31 PM »

Smiths Docks, I hear you cry. Never heard of them say others. But at one time they were the biggest shiprepairers in the world.
Please bear with me for a couple of minutes.
Back in the later 1800s this huge organisation began to take shape. And apart from anything else, they became a very philanthropic outfit. They tried to better the conditions of the workforce through education, societies and so on...including the donation of parkland to the local community.
They also produced a Monthly Journal which would normally run to around 100 pages. This Journal wasn't just about ship repairing, but also aimed at educating the workforce.
It's been my very good fortune to have been loaned some (so far) of the original volumes with a view to putting them "on disc". Mainly just in case anything untoward ever happened to the originals.
But with the permission of the owners I'm being allowed to publish whatever bits of the books I want. I should mention that the volumes run to over 400 pages each. But don't despair....For the moment I'm going to concentrate purely on the photographs of ships (in or out of dry-dock).
This will be a long running topic. I imagine that 95% of the photos have never been published before.....but because of the size restrictions imposed on this forum I can only post the photos. Next will be in the  "Real Ships" section. BY.
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2011, 05:40:52 PM »

That sounds like a fantastic opportunity Brian - know Smiths Docks well from my research into the SD14's that were built there.

Would welcome anything that you could produce my friend!!!!

Carl

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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2011, 07:07:28 PM »

Oh yes ,Smiths Docks very famous , heard a lot about them .
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 07:21:52 PM »

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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011, 07:59:56 PM »

Peter, thanks for the link. Unless I'm missing something, what you posted is a table of stuff. Or am I wrong? The postings I'm now putting on "Real Ships" are photos of the ships either built or repaired by Smiths during 1924. These are extracts from huge volumes (400 pages +) and are therefore too large to post in their entirety. Hence my offer of making the whole lot free to those who are interested. But yours is a useful adjunct. Cheers. Bryan.
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 09:08:17 PM »

Thought you may find it interesting if you google Smiths docks there where a lot of links..

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011, 09:40:15 PM »


some interesting pictures not off the year you where interested in

http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcmuseums.nsf/Web?ReadForm&id=70E3CD7D5F51B8F1802575AE005127E6

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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2011, 09:51:15 PM »

some interesting pictures not off the year you where interested in

http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcmuseums.nsf/Web?ReadForm&id=70E3CD7D5F51B8F1802575AE005127E6

Peter
Again, another interesting posting. But I must repeat that my postings so far are just the tip of the metaphorical book. They really do need to be read in the context of which they were written. Like "how" and "why" and "when"....this thing isn't just about ships an shipbuilding / repairing. In many ways it's about how a Company that did those Industrial "things" also made a huge contribution to the local people who worked for them. BY.
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2011, 08:05:36 AM »

Good of you to take the time and trouble Bryan. It's a thank you from me  :-))

Mike
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2011, 06:52:49 PM »

Smith Clocks,... I,ve had one for years,and its never missed a tick!
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2011, 09:14:32 PM »

Smith Clocks,... I,ve had one for years,and its never missed a tick!
You always get one, don't you.
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 10:45:04 PM »

Sent you a PM Bryan, about CD discs................
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2011, 05:04:50 PM »

You always get one, don't you.
Lighten up will you,
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2011, 05:56:52 PM »

Lighten up will you,
et-tu old brut...or is that just an aftershave... Cheers. BY.
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011, 10:25:13 AM »

et-tu old brut...or is that just an aftershave... Cheers. BY.
et-tu,...what do you mean you et-tu, knowing you it was probably 3 or 4,????
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2011, 04:51:32 PM »

I looked over the photos, thank you for the time and effort to do this. I really enjoyed seeing the hands on workmanship, handling heavy steel, forging shafts and sleeves, and repair/modifications. Whole locomotives on deck, wow to have been there to see it. What these men could do is heroic and with time constraints to boot. I would be interested in copies on CD, and I will continue to watch for more of your posts.

Thank you
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Re: Smiths Docks
« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2011, 06:16:31 PM »

I looked over the photos, thank you for the time and effort to do this. I really enjoyed seeing the hands on workmanship, handling heavy steel, forging shafts and sleeves, and repair/modifications. Whole locomotives on deck, wow to have been there to see it. What these men could do is heroic and with time constraints to boot. I would be interested in copies on CD, and I will continue to watch for more of your posts.

Thank you
Thank you for that. Always nice to get a message from our American friends. May I suggest you send me a PM and we'll take it from there. Regards. BY.
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