20
January
2011

Port of Tyne......A lost site?

I got my wish yesterday to venture into this once stamping ground of mine after many years once again. This was due to being asked to create bunks on the old Tyne dredger Hedwin which has been sold and is off to Africa shortly.
I was like a kid in a sweet shop (wide eyed) once we passed the heaps of scrap metal and got through the next secrurity post.
It was a bit like a trip down memory lane as the main roads in here have'nt changed much to what I remembered them some 20 odd years ago but there's a lot more built up areas in here now of coarse with fab sheds and various other buildings. But the east end dock area is still intact except for some filling in and plenty of gulls still using it.
Where the ship is berthed it over looks the Kittiwake ledges on old Redheads slipway with canny views of the Tyne also, at least 3 Grey wags are around the area, also a few Mutes on the river along with the normal birds.

NOW its case of trying to get into the west side of the site towards Jarra which has been one of my goals for a while as I still believe theres a few small areas in here not developed which might hold roosting birds etc.
No doubt I will be gutted once ive viewed the site and discovered theres nowt left except my memories of years ago. But its worth a try.



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