J3575 : Samson and Goliath, Belfast (3)
near to Ballymacarret, Queens Island, Sydenham, Belfast County Borough and Shankill, Ireland
The Harland and Wolff Building Dock, Belfast
The building dock in Belfast was constructed between 1968-1970 by George Wimpey & Company for the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. A massive 556 metres long by 93 metres wide, it was designed for the construction of massive crude oil tankers and bulkers. Although many ships were constructed here, including supertankers of 333,000 tonnes, the yard was in decline by the early 1970s and the dock never really fulfilled its potential. The last ship to be constructed was the 'Anvil Point' in 2003 and the yard now specialising in ship repair and the emerging renewable energies sector, notably offshore wind turbines and tidal energy projects.
Towering above the dock are the two gantry cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath'. Now landmarks on the Belfast skyline, the cranes were constructed for the yard by the German firm Krupp. Goliath, completed in 1969, stands at 96 metres and Samson, completed in 1974, is taller at 106 metres.
Victoria Park, Belfast :: J3675
A park of some 60 acres, built on reclaimed land in 1906, between the industrial part of Belfast Harbour Estate and the Sydenham bypass, replacing an earlier pleasure park on Dargan Island (now Queen’s Island). There is a large lake with two islands. The park is partly enclosed by an embankment on the northern and western sides.
It attracts a considerable number of ducks and greylag geese. On one of the flight paths to the George Best Belfast City Airport – low flying aircraft are one of the attractions.
Part of the park is included in the Connswater Greenway project Link “Proposals in Victoria Park will protect and enhance its environmental and amenity value. Proposals include a new bridge into Airport Road, lighting, improved and new paths, an observation point, new toilet block, interpretative signage and a trim trail”.
Most of the park is level making it suitable for those with impaired mobility. There is a car park and public toilets.
- Grid Square
- J3575, 330 images (more nearby)
- Albert Bridge (find more nearby)
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- Date Taken
- Thursday, 25 October, 2012 (more nearby)
- Thursday, 25 October, 2012
- Geographical Context
- Subject Location
Irish: J 357 753 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.4879N 5:54.0254W
- Photographer Location
- Irish: J 362 752
- View Direction
- West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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