J3575 : Belfast docks from 'Samson'

taken 4 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Sydenham, Skegoneill and Cliftonville, Northern Ireland

Belfast docks from 'Samson'
Belfast docks from 'Samson'
A view north over Belfast docks from the top of the crane 'Samson'. Queen's Island takes up most of the foreground (mainly cleared, awaiting redevelopment) - the Thompson Graving Dock is on the left and the Belfast Dry Dock is middle top surrounded by the cranes. West Twin Wharf is seen across the Victoria Channel on the left with three ferries berthed further up the channel at the various Victoria terminals. The DONG energy facility is on the top right with offshore wind turbines being loaded onboard a ship.
The Thompson Graving Dock, Belfast :: J3576
The 268m (880ft) long Thompson Graving Dock was constructed between 1903 and 1911 to cater for the new class of White Star liners under construction in Belfast - notably the Olympic and the Titanic. When constructed it was the largest graving dock in the world. It continued to be used for ship repair purposes until 2002 and is now preserved as a tourist attraction.
West Twin Wharf, Belfast :: J3576
Wharf at the Victoria Channel, Belfast docks.
The wharf was constructed in 1962-63 by Charles Brand & Son and has a total quayage of 212 metres. The large concrete silo, named West Twin Silo, was constructed 1962-64 for W.R Barnett and R. & H. Hall, with an extension added 1970-73. The modern metal silos to the far right are more recent additions again.
The Belfast Dry Dock :: J3676
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.
A visit to Harland and Wolff, Belfast
A series of pictures taken during a private group tour of Harland and Wolff in Belfast, including a trip up the huge crane 'Samson'. My grateful thanks to H&W for allowing access and a fascinating visit. Please note that there is no public access to the site - this was a pre-arranged group visit.
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Monday, 30 December, 2013   (more nearby)
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Friday, 3 January, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
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Belfast Docks  Belfast 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 357 758 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.7303N 5:54.0130W
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Irish: geotagged! J 354 750
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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