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Upleatham Mine Management (1904)

This image of the Upleatham Mine Management dating from 1904 was supplied by the great grand-daughter of William Hall, mining engineer; 1852 – 1942, at New Marske, from the original photograph with all named in William Hall’s handwriting. Looking at the midges on display this group also includes the working management of the mine, not just the topside management.

Back row (left to right): B. Robinson, J. ’Darkie’ Reed, Ralph Clark, Dan Bailey, Harry Bowes, Wilf Hardy, Henry Goldfinch.

Middle row: Pev Thompson, William Douthwaite, Walter Durance, J. Hood, William ‘Wood’ Sigsworth, ’Tiny’ Thirkettle.

Front row: William Hall, Joe Beaumont, William Howes, Christopher ‘Kit’ Heslop, William Durance, William Jones, John Bevan.

M. Foster tells us: “That’s my great great great granddad, William Howe I believe. He was born about 1828. Thanks for putting this photo on, giving me that chance to see him.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Mining Museum and thanks to Mike Holliday and M. Foster for information and updates.

Upleatham Mine Visitors

This has to be either bizarre or this group were the owners and their families!  Who would visit an iron ore mine in walking out clothes!  All the same a very good image of the travelling drift at Upleatham, we are unsure as to why the tub would be on its side though! Paul Anderson tells us: ”The people to the far right are my great, great, great grand parents John (Jack) and Jane Pinchin of 86 Dale Street, New Marske. The photograph is circa 1915-1920. They came up from Manningford, Wiltshire in 1881 looking for work and had 12 children. There are still members of the Pinchin family in New Marske today. ”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Paul Anderson for that update.

Skinningrove Jetty

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A picture of Skinningrove Jetty at low tide, showing the vertical-boiler steam locomotive and a rake of pig-iron trucks, the two steam cranes and the fixed derrick crane on the end.

SS Hummersea

SS Hummersea

An image of Skinningrove Jetty with SS Hummersea moored up for loading, with two steam cranes in attendance, either just before or just after high-tide by the water levels on the jetty wall. Even more rare is the vertical-boilered railway engine (known as ”the coffee pot”) on the left with the train of pig-iron trucks; we’ve never seen an image with these on before, or with a vertical-boilered railway engine.  The pig-iron trucks were lowered from (and raised to) the works via a rope incline down Jetty Bank – a feature still visible to this day. SS Hummersea looks pristine – we  wonder if this was her first trip?  Her last according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was during World War I, when it was believed she struck a mine and sank. Charles Hannaford advises us: ”My great uncle, Charles F Hannaford, was the Master of the S.S.Hummersea. The ship was lost in December 1915, probably by an enemy mine as my uncle died from his wounds in naval hospital, London on 30th December 1915 and listed as a casualty of war. As the wounds were unlikely to have been caused through the ship foundering in the bad weather and the submarine activity at the time was low, a mine is the most logical explanation.”

Many thanks to Charles Hannaford and Terry Shaw for the updates.

Loading at the Jetty

Loading at the Jetty

Seen here, the SS Northgate at Skinningrove jetty with the cranes busy at her side. The details that follow are from the ‘Tyne Built Ships List’:

Name: NORTHGATE
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 23/04/1925
Completed: 05/1925
Builder: R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 539
Dimensions: 425grt, 155nrt, 144.9 x 25.2 x 11.7ft
Engines: C2cyl (17 & 36 x 27ins), 77nhp
Engines by: Shields Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd, North Shields
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 135610
History:
18/05/1925 Pease & Partners, Stockton-on-Tees
1933 Free Trade Wharf Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees
1938 Bristol Sand & Gravel Co Ltd (FE Peters), Bristol; renamed GARTH
26/11/1946 Sank
Comments: Specially designed for carrying pig iron & travelling under low bridges
1938: Converted to a sand dredger
26/11/1946: Fouled anchor chain of another vessel in Redcliffe Bay & sank on a voyage from Cardiff to Avonmouth
Additional details courtesy of Eric Johnson and Terry Shaw.

Beck Meetings, Dalehouse, 1884

Beck Meetings, Dalehouse, 1884

This photograph was taken at Beck Meetings, Dale House on the 20th December 1884 (according to its caption). Simon Chapman advises : ”It shows a train from Mr. Palmer’s Grinkle Park mine carrying workmen towards Port Mulgrave. The locomotives were ‘cab less’ to allow them to travel through the low tunnel under Ridge Lane.” The gentleman with the horse and trap has now been identified as Dawson Robinson the Loftus Ironmonger; perhaps on his regular round delivering to farms and villages in the area.

Many thanks to Simon Chapman for the update.