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Caterpillar Sections

The photograph shows the stacking machine which was installed around 1992. The machine is fed by rollers with single bars then the feed bank pushes them and turns them before putting them onto a table which lowers to enable the next bar to be stacked. The complete stack is then lifted by the table onto the rollers which passes the bundle through the strapping machine which is then ready to load. Martin Byers is standing in the control pulpit. The section is a Single Grouser that is used for Caterpillar track shoes.

Image and information courtesy of Colin Hart.

36 inch Mill Men

The Archive originally posted this image of the 36 inch mill men with a request for names and a possible date. David McGill advised: “left to right: unsure, Bill Rigg, Wally Hall, John Curnow, George Pearson, Dave Hick”. Hugh Bernard told the Archive: “I have just been looking at the images of Skinningrove and came across this picture. The man on the extreme left is my father, John Bernard who was the Rolling Mill Manager. I have a copy of the photograph in the family archives. My father a Scot worked at Skinningrove until his death in 1970”.

Thanks to David McGill and Hugh Bernard for the names.

36″ Mill Cooling Banks

These are the cooling banks in the 36” Mill finishing prior to the Lamberton straightening machine. Colin Hart advised: “The door on the left was later sheeted over (covered) to prevent noise as it was facing Carlin How”.

Additional information courtesy of Colin Hart.

36 Inch Mill, Roughing and Finishing Stands

This image of the 36 inch Mill encouraged Rodney Begg to advise: “I used to spend many a happy hour on the footbridge over the output side of these two stands – trotting between the two, taking pass temperatures with a hot filament optical pyrometer when we were making 8 x 8 angles or rails – so we could prevent failure problems due to either cooling the steel too quickly or not cooling it enough. This left too open a crystal structure in the steel”.

Thanks to Rodney Begg for the update.

Jib Crane Crew, Skinningrove

Once again the Archive asked ”Who were these men and what date was this photograph taken?” Terry Clarke t0ld us: ”I remember that crane it was called the Goliath.” George Brown told us: ”This photograph is in the book ‘Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works’ by Cliff Shepherd; it was no. 3 crane, constructed by J. H. Wilson and Co. of Liverpool. The smallest crane at Skinningrove at that time, the photograph was courtesy of the East Cleveland Image Archive”. Whilst Terry Robinson tells us: ”No. 3 three-ton steam crane. I remember as an apprentice fitter, being allowed to drive this crane from the fitting shop back to the old loco shed just before finishing time, as the regular driver Mr Ralph Walker (from East Loftus I think) knew I was interested in all things railway/steam. This was 1966/67; I finished my apprenticeship in 1969.”

Thanks to Terry Clarke, George Brown and Terry Robinson for the updates.


Skinningrove Jetty Workforce 2

It’s getting a bit repetitious now!  Looking towards the loading bay this time we have more of the jetty workforce – can you name them?

Skinningrove Jetty Workforce

This image of the workforce of the jetty was taken from the Jetty platform looking up the incline towards the engine house. The Archive’s question is: can anybody name them?

Skinningrove Jetty

This is the image that everybody has seen at some time.  Taken half-way up the rope incline from the works it shows two rakes of pig iron bogies, one of the company steam tramps and the dock-side cranes. Taken by George Skilbeck, photographically the incline trackway leads the eye into the image and out through the curve of the jetty, which is probably why it has stood the test of time; it has good artistic composition. Unfortunately this image had been ‘cropped’ before receipt to the Archive and continue to hope for an original undamaged image.

Skinningrove Jetty

How many people have spent many a happy night fishing off the end of this old structure; passing through a period of looking the worse for wear and lack of maintenance, it is now restored to its former glory.  Here it is in it’s heyday, the coffee-pot locomotive steaming away and a rake of pig iron bogies waiting to load.  The steam cranes are working on one of the company ships and a good solid industrial image.

Crew of the SS Skinningrove

Once again the obvious question – can you name these men – with the exception of Jack Harrison?

Back Row: ??, ??, John (Jack) Harrison, ??, ??, ??, ??.

Front Row: ??, ??, ??, Capt. Fryatt, ??.

We are told by David Richardson: ”One of the crew may be Thomas Gifford. His marriage certificate (1899) gives his usual residence as being SS Skinningrove.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to David Richardson for the update.