What were they trying to hide?
This is Herculaneum Dock in 1907. There has been an attempt to doctor the photo. It is clear that one of the graving docks has been brushed out (not too well either). The graving dock was on the maps of the time and was there when I was a kid.
I wonder what was in the dock? A military ship of some sort? A foreign naval vessel? An early submarine?
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In the centre of the pic? Interesting....
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Mysterious. An amazing photo now - today it's all virtually unrecognisable...
Why would a naval vessel be among commercial vessels -- freighters? Wouldn't
such a vessel be in a Royal Navy graving dock, say at Portsmouth? You might be right that the dock and what is in it has been airbrushed out. However could
that area of the photograph conceivably be obscured by smoke? I am not blowing smoke... just bringing up the possibility.
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Was No.4 Graving Dock the last to be built? Wasn't the fourth one added around 1900/that time? Could the photo be before the last one was
It could be. The photo was taken from the top of the Lavrock Bank chimney on Tuesday 30th June 1903, not in
Originally Posted by snappel
1907, when it was being built, which is a year after the graving dock was built. This chimney was a refuse incinerator. The streets are deserted (about 5
were taken and few have people in them), and the shadows are long. People are playing football on the waste ground. If they are excavating the No. 4 dock
then there appears far too much dust, which is all along the dock, not just in one section.
The No. 4 graving dock was 775 feet long and the lock 80
foot wide. Assuming the depth is OK in the river and the dock at that point, then this dock can take the largest vessels afloat at that period. If 1907
then the Mauritania was afloat by then - which used the very large Gladstone graving dock.
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