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Re: Closing Ceremony and then?
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2009, 07:42:29 »
1)Landing Ford Cars.
2)Unloading Tomatoes from Holland
3)Unloading Tinned Fruit,Cornwallis Jetty into barge.






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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2009, 17:16:11 »
Well done splashdown :)
I've never seen Horses being transported like that before :o
Machinery has certainly changed,comparing the Linde with the small Hysters.
Thanks for showing.
Martin.

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Re: Closing Ceremony and then?
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2009, 16:50:10 »
Try again..

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2009, 16:04:16 »
@splashdown.Thats nice!Yes good old MAC.

Here an early Photo.Note the gangway and "cages" on the left.These were used for the live
Cattle.


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Re: Closing Ceremony and then?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2009, 15:35:14 »
After working in the port for 15 years i can recognise some of the names on the paperwork. Mac was also known as Dad and was a good manager and one of the workers and some of their sons still works there. 

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2009, 14:47:43 »
Early Dock Operations.Photo 2 the "WESTLAND PRODUCER".





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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009, 14:23:13 »
During the years 1960/62 there were also other Ports starting to develop,due to the problems
in London.They were so-called Coastal Ports for Coasters and small ships i.e. Great Yarmouth,Shoreham,
Newhaven and Felixstowe.
Sheerness as a commercial port ,nevertheless,also began to flourish and was being watched
and envied by other ports.

"Local labour familiar with the handling of cargo was not available and I took on some men
 who used to work in the Naval Dockyard.The Sheerness HarbourCompany arranged for a mobile crane
 for which Salitask Ltd. paid "Cranage",the Dock Crane was also used.<b
r /> During 1963 and 1964 it became apparent,that we would be able to expand our activities,
 i.e. the Dutch Vegetable Trade which before took place at  Great Yarmouth.
 The "WESTLAND PRODUCER" now had a new port of call and sailed into Sheerness 2/3  times
 a week.The only problem being that we had no return cargo,a problem which had to be solved
 quickly.The owner of the "WESTLAND PRODUCER" was at this time prepared to build a second
 vessel if sufficient return cargo would be available.
 The return cargo was found in the form of the live Cattle Trade.Contracts were signed and the
 Sheerness Harbour Company arranged the layerage.The second vessel "WESTLAND TRADER"
 was built and the business could begin.
 What next? Spain of course.Shoreham was already dealing with the Wine Trade,so I tried Fruit.
 The first customer was Cofruna with oranges, and due to our success and difficulties in the
 London Docks,Mac Andrews followed.Ship owners were very pleased with Sheerness and advised
 their charterers to use Sheerness for Tonnage up to 1500tns.
 By the end 1964 the basic commodities going in and out of the Port were,Vegetables,Potatoes,
 Oranges,Canned Goods,live Cattle for the Rhine Army,Scrap and Steel.
 Profits were minimal,but the development had started."
 
 

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009, 16:10:06 »
Sailtask Limited Work Sheets 1962 ,unloading M.V. Insistence.
Both signed by MAC.





Small footnote about the Ship:

Empire Tulip

Empire Tulip was a 288 GRT coaster which was built by Scheepsvaart Delfzijl v/h Sander, Delfzijl, Netherlands. Completed in 1939 as Pallas for N Engelsman, Delfzijl. Requisitioned in 1940, to MoWT and renamed Empire Tulip. Sold in 1947 to E J & W Goldsmith Ltd, London and renamed Goldgnome. Sold in 1954
 to London & Rochester Trading Co Ltd and renamed Insistence. New diesel engine fitted in 1954 and another in 1964. Scrapped in December 1970 at Rochester, Kent.

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2009, 15:41:21 »
Landing Account SAILTASK Limited 1962.



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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009, 14:56:02 »
During 1960 an Italian based Company moved their business into the Docks,Lacmotts Ltd.
Scrap metal dealers who broke up ships and purchased anything that was available and
worth anything as scrap.

"I was contacted by the Bankers Knowles and Foster and requested my company,Citex(London)Ltd.,
 to undertake control of the purchase,warehousing and shipment of Scrap purchased by Lacmotts
 in the U.K.This was previously being done at Mullberry Wharf.Citex were prepared to take on the
 responsibility, if proper facilities were made available where all transactions could take place at
 the same Facility.
 Shoreham,Newhaven and Sheerness were looked at and in the end Sheerness was chosen being
 at the time the most suitable.An agreement with the Sheerness Harbour Company was signed."

Citex(London)Ltd. was a British/Dutch company also having offices in Rotterdam.

"Discussions took place and an agreement was reached that we (Citex) should execute our duties
 on behalf of Knowles and Foster in Sheerness.
 The owner of Lacmotts and I had various meetings how the loading of their vessels at Sheerness
 could be arranged.At the time a few potato vessels were being handled by the Sheerness Harbour
 Company,and we decided to form a new company.
 The new company was named Sailtask Ltd.and was jointly owned by Citex(London)Ltd. and
 Lacmotts.
 A Manager was appointed,he supervised the work carried out in the rented sheds.He was known
 to everyone as MAC and was responsible for both Lacmotts and Sailtask.
 Mrs Green was employed for Administration.

 WE WERE ALL SET TO GO"


 

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Closing Ceremony and then?
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 17:06:32 »
On the 31st March 1960 the official closing ceremony H.M. Dockyard Sheerness took place.

Order of Events

1.Guard and Band march on at 6p.m.
2.Display by the Royal Marines Band.
3.Short address by Captain-in-Charge.(Captain P.M.B.Chavasse,D.S.C.and Bar,A.D.C.,R.N.).
4.Fanfare.
5.Evening Hymn.
6.Sunset.
7.Rule Britannia.
8.National Anthem.
9.Guard and Band march off.

The Guard is from the Royal Naval Barracks,Chatham,and the Band from the Royal Marines
School of Music, Deal.
Gentlemen are requested to remove their hats whilst the Union Flag is being lowered.
All are invited to join in the singing of the National Anthem.
                            -------------------------
At sunset on the 31st March 1960,Messrs. Building Developments Ltd.assumed control.
In 1959 the Dockyard had been sold by the Labour Government to the Clore and Cotton Empire.
Building Developments Ltd. only lasted nine months,being formed in 1959,and in April 1960 the
Sheerness Harbour Company took over the Docks.
At this time there was no intention of establishing a commercial port,aim was to operate
the Docks as a trading estate.Some companies had already established themselves:
Farady Electronics
Harris Engineers
The Tent Company
Fleet Rubber Company
W. Smith(Bermondsey)Ltd.
Firth Engineering
ShipTowage(London)Ltd.
Gladmore Caterers

to be contd.

 

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