J3676 : East Twin Road, Belfast

taken 9 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Whitehouse and Greencastle, Northern Ireland

East Twin Road, Belfast
East Twin Road, Belfast
East Twin Road is a very short cul-de-sac in Belfast docks. Located at the end of Queen's Island, it is used almost exclusively by the scrap metal works (located, unseen, to the right of picture - see J3676 : Scrapyard, Belfast [1], J3676 : Musgrave Scrap Wharf, Belfast and J3676 : The 'Lea' in Belfast). The red skips are used by the scrap metal works who, aware that there is virtually no other traffic, use the road to store the empty skips.

Dominating the picture, however, are three enormous cranes and the bow of a very large ship. Directly ahead of East Twin Road is the Belfast Dry Dock - see J3676 : The Belfast Dry Dock and a variety of related images at LinkExternal link . Seen in this picture is the 'Stena Adventurer', a 211m passenger/vehicle ferry which is being serviced in the dock. This vessel normally operates on the Dublin-Holyhead route see O2034 : Stena Adventurer at Dublin Port and SH2584 : Stena Adventurer passing Holyhead Breakwater. The dry dock cannot be accessed from the East Twin Road - it actually lies on the adjacent Workman Road but this is private property and has no public access.
The Belfast Dry Dock
The Belfast Dry Dock, owned and operated by Harland and Wolff for ship repair purposes. By the early 1960s it was clear that the largest dock in Belfast, the Thompson Graving Dock (see J3576 : Thompson Graving Dock), was too small for modern tankers and bulk carriers then being constructed. The Harland and Wolff Dry Dock (known as the Belfast Dry Dock) was constructed between 1965-68 by Charles Brand and Sons to a design by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton. It is 1150 feet long by 160 feet wide and, when constructed, was one of the five largest docks in the world. The dock can accommodate ships up to 200,000gt.
Alongside the dock is Ship Repair Quay (formerly known as Outfitting Wharf). This was constructed some 7 years later in 1975 and has a total lineal quayage of 433 metres. Ships which do not need to be fully dry docked are repaired here.
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Thursday, 5 March, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 5 March, 2009
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Irish: geotagged! J 361 765 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.1376N 5:53.5646W
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Irish: geotagged! J 361 764
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