Construction mystery

These photos were sent to me by Ted Shirley and he is asking does anyone know what was under construction.


Please let us know if you do!

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  • On the same site as the 2 photos of construction work there is also a diagram dated 1966 showing 1 Shed as an upside down T pointing NNW and shows the railway platform for those persons joining the Cruise ships. From my recollections of those days the actual wharehouse section was used mainly for General Cargo’s, on the first floor a large area , nicely furnished with floor to ceiling windows veiwing over 31-32 shed looking towards Gravesend.
    During early/middle 80’s loose cement was discharged to barges and bulk carrying lorries from a Greek vessel

    By Anthony (Tony) Duligal (10/03/2021)
  • Further to my comment i was browsing pictures of Tilbury Docks. A picture came up of this construction from another angle. It is shown at ” Tilbury Docks-Graces Guide” Graces Guide to British Industrial History. Quay No 1 under construction, sinking of monoliths.
    File Im 1955 EnV 199-009. jpg.
    Not sure if 1955 refers to the year.

    By John Grainger (09/03/2021)
  • The STRATHAIRD and STRATHNAVER were both scrapped in 1961. On enlargement of this picture (top) a ship in the dry-dock, top left, matches the one off vessel of the Union-Castle Line`s BLOEMFONTEIN CASTLE. She was in UC service 1950 `till 1959. Also on the left is an old type “counter” stern vessel which i think would be rare in the late `60`s.

    By John Grainger (08/03/2021)
  • Not sure what is being constructed, however, P&O’s Strathnaver/Strathaird is in the background.

    By Gary Kelly (20/10/2017)
  • I think this is the coffer dams for the granary.

    By andy reynolds (14/08/2014)
  • No mystery. This is the dock extension work which took place in the late 60’s. The main contractors were Howard’s and Mowlems, for whom I worked at the time. The extension was into the “wilderness”, a Mowlems term, that lay between the dock main entrance and “Jumbo Bridge”. This was where the PLUTO line had been constructed prior the the Normandy Invasion. Many of the “supports” for constructing the pipeline had to be removed. The pictures are of the Howard’s site(s) with the caissons they sank clearly visible.

    By Jim Chapple (08/08/2014)
  • Possible construction of No.1 Shed about 1960, which is/was opposite 32/33 shed Tilbury. Lower photo shows, just below top of picture, River Thames and shoreline of West Gravesend

    By Tony Duligal (08/08/2014)

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