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Photographer:DEREK SANDS [View profile]Title:London, England, UKAdded:Jan 17, 2011
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Location:London, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Harbour Overview Images
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Royal Albert Dock, Taken in about 1969/70 I would think as there is an early SD14 on the right in front of the Ben Line vessel.

*scanned from a slide by the late Ron Hutchings*
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DEREK SANDS on Feb 13, 2011 15:23 (6 years ago)
Hi Stevie,

I certainly remember those days with fondness

regards
Derek
steviej on Feb 13, 2011 14:02 (6 years ago)
Last time I sailed out of here was on elders Onitsha and that was in 69. Great days.
DEREK SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:56 (6 years ago)
Hi Bob,

Your father was a bigger wind up merchant than you!!
He must have been the master then!
My father was a railwayman to and like him I followed suit, the free tickets were a boon when i was at school and wanted to get to London Docks!

best regards
Derek
DEREK SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:54 (6 years ago)
Hi Richard,

making me feel old now, glad you like the shot though!

best regards
Derek
DEREK SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:53 (6 years ago)
Hi Phil,

unfortunately there are not many more in my possession.
Certainly a Kherson built Kuwaiti in the extreme right.
The SD14 in front of the Ben Liner looks like an early Colocotronis controlled one, and of course looks like a Shaw Savill on the left.

best regards
Derek
DEREK SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:51 (6 years ago)
Hi Ken,

It would be great to see your slides of the 1966 seaman's strike when you have time.

best regards
Derek
Richard Paton on Jan 17, 2011 18:12 (6 years ago)
Hi Derek,

I was not even born when this scene was captured but it's absolutely fab! Thanks for posting these as well as others recently!

Cheers
Richard
Phil English on Jan 17, 2011 18:12 (6 years ago)
Fantastic Derek, would love to see more like this. Looks like a Kherson-built Soviet ship on the far right
Cheers
Phil
Guest on Jan 17, 2011 18:07 (6 years ago)
Ken: let's be 'avin' them then!

As far as I can remember, my first PLA Dock Pass (evenings and weekends only) was issued in late 1965.
However I don't recall ever using it during the seamen's strike of '66 but I did go to Southampton then.
I took with me my Dad - an ex-railwayman who travelled free on the train - which was hauled by a Merchant Navy class steam locomotive.
On the trip round Soton docks he kept saying: "Pity you didn't bring your camera! (even though it was only an Ilford Sporti).
My Dad was a bigger wind-up merchant than I could ever hope to be!
Ken Smith on Jan 17, 2011 16:57 (6 years ago)
Hi Derek,

You have got me going now, I have some slides taken during the seamans strike in 1966 when they were berthed up three abreast, had a dock pass in those days.

Have to find some time to scan then.

Kind regards
Ken
DEREK SANDS on Jan 17, 2011 16:40 (6 years ago)
Bob,

Historic shots are treated differently to others on here.

My first walk around the Royal's was in 1966 on a Sunday

best regards
Derek
Guest on Jan 17, 2011 16:11 (6 years ago)
This is how I remember the Royals on a quiet weekend in the years 1965-71. On a normal Saturday (I did Royals Saturday, Tilbury Sunday)every berth would be occupied. On a busy one, there would be two ships alongside on each berth. Unfortunately I only had a small, 'toy' camera in those days. I still have a few prints but have long-ago lost the negatives. If I posted any, though,they would no doubt be deleted (lol) as being below site standards.
DEREK SANDS on Jan 17, 2011 13:03 (6 years ago)
Hi Bob and Dave,

Glad you like the shot thought it was worth posting.
I remember days like this when I had a dock pass for the Royal's when I was 13 years old. No camera in those days of
course but what a privilege to walk amongst magnificent cargo liners like these.

best regards
Derek
Robert J Smith on Jan 17, 2011 09:53 (6 years ago)
Excellent Derek, the good old days :-)

Thanks for posting

Bob
Magogman on Jan 17, 2011 04:43 (6 years ago)
Wow, what a sight. Magnificent. Something of the sort I never saw. Thanks for posting this marvelous photo.
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