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    Me and man gone wrong were down Kent and for some strange reason I took a wrong turn on the way to another location.he laughed and said what you doing.it was a dead end.so has we we were about to turn around he said have you seen that crane there.and I said yeah it's big ain't it.a quick shall we go look was said and we parked up and wandered down not expecting much,several hours later we were on our way.it was better than we expected.i can't find much history on it.i did see there was a report on here from it.there was three cranes.two mobile ones and a static one.it had been fairly trashed and a few buildings set on fire.but there was several workshops filled with machinery in fairly good condition too.we did wonder why a boat yard would have wood working shop and metal work shops but then I did see that they did repair work here.maybe a bit of building of small boats but not sure.a thoroughly enjoyable relaxed explore though.

    First up there was a large wooden boat launch.there was a nice winch at the side to pull lover boats in and out of the water.it was smallish but looked very powerful.















    This as a carpentry workshop at the far end.sadly been hit by fire damage.luckily the machines were still intact.











    The first crane





    Some sort off office block.it was well gutted



    Another workshop.this just had a few machines.







    This was a metal workshop.i think a bit more heavy duty work was done here.this was my favourite workshop.the colours and the light and rye machines.i don't know what the big table in the middle with holes in it.maybe for resting the metal on after being worked on.

























    Someone ate healthy here with all the apple stickers.





    Some sort of random cart thing.



    Another machine shop for metal work.this one I think was used for more finer works by the machines in there.































    The last crane.this was a lovely large static crane for loading and unloading.



    A pair of what looks like roller presses.









    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    A well known facility in its day working on wooden and steel vessels and eventually doing general engineering work also to stave off that inevitable Final Day. The machine shops will be very familiar to people of my age - full of machinery, made by Archdale, Michell and other Yorkshire producers of heavy production machinery. Your 'holey' table is a large setting out and clamping plate - foot of special clamp inserted in a hole and the threaded spindle screwed down onto object needing to be held fast. Mostly used to hold pieces needing to be held together by electric welding, heat transfer from gas welding could be a problem. Your cart is either a portable electric welder or compressor - given layout of bodywork; my guess would be a welder, but could be either from that angle. Another nice set of informative images Mikey; took me back to my early working days, machine shops like this were common to all heavy engineering companies - no matter what the end product was.
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    Old School engineering, another goodun Mikey, thanks
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    You took a wrong turn wiv man gone wrong, your a right bloody pair mikey!!! but what a cracking little result you had! You got sum funky angles in that place too. I recon everyone that works in these sorts of industrial sites collect fruit stickers on their lockers, we see this a lot Your good luck cracks me up!!!
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    A nice collection of industrial photography. A lot of nice old lathes and other machinery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    A lot of nice old lathes and other machinery.
    When I first started work and before I decided to be a lazy bugger and take myself off to a College of Technology for four years, my employer's workshops were full of old machinery like that. Interestingly some carried plates proclaiming they were War Department property and carried a 1916 or 1917 date stamp whilst other carried a Ministry of Supply plate, dated 1940, 1941 or 1943. Obviously supplied for the WW1 and WW2 war efforts it seems that they were just written off at the end of the respective conflicts. By a quirk of fate, I eventually ended up in charge of the department that 'owned' the 1943 Le Blond lathe and it was still operational in the lab workshop when I took early retirement in the mid 90's.

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    Some cracking industry there Mikey brilliantly captured!

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    Plenty to see there Mikey and beautifully captured as usual.

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    Thank you all for the lovely comments.we are always getting wrong p.v.thank you ds for the useful infill.qe was not sure about the long table we did kind of guess it was for large bits of metal.the cart my mate said it could be a portable compressor
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