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    Climbed St Mary`s Tower in the Birkenhead priory yesterday, still getting my breath back.
    The red ship, the Nexans Skagerrak looks like its some sort of gas carrier,


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    Nice one Joe. Great shots,

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    Thanks for the pics, Joe. The Dockyards look as busy as ever!

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    Excellent pics, GD. I worked right by there and never went up

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse smurf View Post
    Excellent pics, GD. I worked right by there and never went up
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    Nice to see the activity there. That huge circular thingy looks like it might be for undersea cable storage.

    Thanks for climbing all the way up there to bring us such pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
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    It wasn't a height issue, I just don't do things like that by myself and I wouldn't have asked anyone in work to come with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse smurf View Post
    It wasn't a height issue, I just don't do things like that by myself and I wouldn't have asked anyone in work to come with me
    I know me too. I used to go past there every day and never went. Funny that you never take the time to visit theses places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samsette View Post
    Nice to see the activity there. That huge circular thingy looks like it might be for undersea cable storage.

    Thanks for climbing all the way up there to bring us such pictures.
    Judging by the amount of gas bottles lying around I think it`s an L P G carrier
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    Great to see some activity there & retaining skilled workers . That vessel looks like pipe/cable laying vessel , ugly looking though ! Ron

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    The bell on the tower of the priory

    The automatic bell ringing gear made in 1835 by the liverpool firm of James Gondilff

    Fairly new staircase to the tower

    Alongside the staircase runs a wooden rail containing the names of all the crew of the ill fated submarine H M S Thetis

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    Good pic's Gd,I always feel infuriated by the "Thetis" disaster! But for the bungling by the authorities,many of the crew might have been saved! Nice to see the names commemorated.

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    cammel lairds

    Small graving dock

    Stairs out of the graving dock
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    Excellent Joe, thanks!
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    Great pics My dad worked there as a fitter i remember him taking us to a launch of one of the nuclear subs in the early sixties cant remember the name of it. we were allowed right down by the blocks it sat on then had to go up so that they could let water in to float a few days later we wen back to see the launch. Memory is not good enough to recall any detail

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    Hi, Loved the pictures. This site has lots of good stuff. My 2x great grandfather Otto Pedersen worked as a rigger at Cammell Lairds back in 1909! Its in his naturalisation papers. Love Flower

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    Very fine, Joe. I was in the Priory years ago but didn't know about the staircase with the names of the crew of HMS Thetis tragically lost in Liverpool Bay in the summer 1939 while on sea trials. Moving to see that.

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    My granddad worked at Cammel Lairds too, but couldn't tell u what he did

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlowerBD20 View Post
    Hi, Loved the pictures. This site has lots of good stuff. My 2x great grandfather Otto Pedersen worked as a rigger at Cammell Lairds back in 1909! Its in his naturalisation papers. Love Flower
    Is Pedersen, Danish?

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    Birkenhead priory stained glass,John Lairds tomb, and gate which doesn`t really need a lock and chain
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    Nice pic's Joe,but never realised John Laird was buried there!

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    Birkenhead priory stained glass,John Lairds tomb, and gate which doesn`t really need a lock and chain
    Cracker pics as usual Joe.

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    Irish car ferry Isle of Lewis in Cammel Lairds today.
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    Hi Joe

    Fine photographs once again. I consider Birkenhead Priory to be one of the hidden gems of Merseyside. In addition to fond memories that I have of visiting the priory when I was a boy, I remember going on a school trip to tour Cammel Lairds.

    One other thing about Cammel Lairds. A correspondent has heard that Jack the Ripper suspect Frederick Bailey Deeming, born in Birkenhead, may have worked in the shipyard. Does anyone know if the records of the shipyard are available to the public, and whether it might be possible to trace Deeming's employment there if indeed he was employed at Cammel Lairds?

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