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After The Fire

When this photograph arrived to the Archive it was believed to be of the ironstone bunkers at Port Mulgrave. This was confirmed by Simon Chapman who explained: ”This was a fire at Port Mulgrave about 1911. You can see it has burnt out the engine room and boilers for the rope haulage system through the tunnel to Dalehouse, exposing a section through one of the bunkers for loading ironstone into ships in the harbour. The big mound of ironstone to the right was usually built up when sea conditions prevented ships docking and taking normal shipments away. The damage was later repaired and the harbour got back to normal operations.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and Maurice Grayson; also many thanks to Simon Chapman for the supporting information.

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