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Do you remember Mick the dog?

Do you remember Mick the dog?

The foundry workers pose with a selection of pipes and troughs for the new Skinningrove Furnace.
Left to Right: Ted Kilvington(seated), ? Dickson (beret), Donald Goldstraw, Gordon Leeks, Isaac (Rusty )Jackson. Kelly ?, Mr Oliver Wilson Manager, Pinkie White with Mick the dog, Alan (Charlie) Thompson, Alan Starsmore, John Shaw, Syd Cockburn, George Barry, Ron Leist (seated on pipe). most of the names from an article in Loftus Town Crier by Mary Shaw (Bielby). Can you help fill in the blanks.
Image courtesy of Robin Wilson and thanks to B Jenkins for the update about Micky.

Clean Up Time

Clean Up Time

“Fettling” the first trough cast for Skinningrove new furnace. Left to right: Lionel, Alan, “Rusty”, Syd and Donald.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

The First Casts

The First Casts

On the casting floor –¬†preparing moulds for casting –¬†Beamish Museum expressed an interest in the venerable hand operated overhead crane in this photograph.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Ready for Action

Ready for Action

The canopy and charging platform are ready for use.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Does it look straight to you?

Does it look straight to you?

The furnace charging platform is placed around the furnace. With foundry employees and guest onlookers.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Left a bit, right a bit

Left a bit, right a bit

The charging platform is hoisted into position.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Nearly there!

Nearly there!

The cupola is hoisted into position.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

It's Arrived!!

It's Arrived!!

The new cupola arrives. The mobile crane prepares to raise it into position. This crane may have been hired from Skinningrove Iron Co.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

New arrival imminent!

New arrival imminent!

Preparing the foundations for the new furnace, the old cupola lies on the left of the photo.

Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.

Loftus Foundry Yard

Loftus Foundry Yard

A view of the foundry yard before the Installation of the new furnace. On the right of the photo can be seen a pile of coke and pig iron and the steps to the charging platform of the old cupola. The new cupola furnace was installed between August and September 1950.
Photo courtesy of Robin Wilson.