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Photographer:DEREK SANDS [View profile]Title:London, ENGLANDAdded:Jan 17, 2011
Location:London, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Harbour Overview Images
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 (10 years ago)
Hi Stevie,

I certainly remember those days with fondness

steviej on Feb 13, 2011 14:02 (10 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 (10 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 SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:54 (10 years ago)
Hi Richard,

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

best regards
DEREK SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:53 (10 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 SANDS on Jan 18, 2011 05:51 (10 years ago)
Hi Ken,

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

best regards
Richard Paton on Jan 17, 2011 18:12 (10 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!

Phil English on Jan 17, 2011 18:12 (10 years ago)
Fantastic Derek, would love to see more like this. Looks like a Kherson-built Soviet ship on the far right
Guest on Jan 17, 2011 18:07 (10 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 (10 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
DEREK SANDS on Jan 17, 2011 16:40 (10 years ago)

Historic shots are treated differently to others on here.

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

best regards
Guest on Jan 17, 2011 16:11 (10 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 (10 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
Robert J Smith on Jan 17, 2011 09:53 (10 years ago)
Excellent Derek, the good old days :-)

Thanks for posting

Magogman on Jan 17, 2011 04:43 (10 years ago)
Wow, what a sight. Magnificent. Something of the sort I never saw. Thanks for posting this marvelous photo.
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