Friday, 13 August 2010

Vintage postcards of ships and docks

Just a short blog update today as too many other things going on. I came across these 2 vintage postcards very recently and what struck me was that actually I don't have many others like these. Typically I tend to pick up topographical postcards, greeting postcards, and occasionally ones with people on them. I would guess Buccleuch Dock looks very different today and that following the decline of the Britsh shipping industry spent a period in a run-down condition and has been recently rennovated as a modern waterfront development. Anyone know?

I'm intrigued about the 2nd one as I can't seem to find out any information about the ship. I assume it's a cargo vessel of some sort as I can see no port holes suggesting it might be a passenger ship, are no suggestions of military use either. I think the writing on the face of the postcard says "W.A.R. Co 32-8" but do not know whether this relates to the ship company, ship class, or the postcard manufacturer. Again, does anyone know this?

Buccleuch Docks, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

W.A.R. Co. 32-8, Goole Docks, Yorkshire


As always, 100's more vintage postcards on my vintage postcards web site

10 comments:

  1. International Ship of Mystery...:)

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  2. I am sure it looks very different now. Happy PFF!

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  3. These are really unusual and fascinating.

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  4. A little slice of history to go with the image!

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  5. I love these old shipping postcards! Thanks for sharing...

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  6. Even the place names are a mystery to me.

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  7. Unusual and fun to research! Happy PFF!

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  8. Wow I did not think I would see my home town calling in here. Yes Buccleuch Dock is still there although the shipbuilding now is down to submarines and what was Vickers Shipbuilding of the photo is now BAE. The crane in the photo tended to appear in a lot of the images of this time and was imaginatively known as the 'big crane', later demolished. Yes there is waterfront development which is ongoing at the present time and we get the occasional cruise ship calling in because we are near the Lake District, possible because we are on the north west coast. Hope you liked that segue to mention geography. At the time of the postcard we were in Lancashire although local government reorganisation changed that in the 1970s and now we are in Cumbria. I still consider myself a Lancashire lass though:-)
    Happy PFF and thanks for the surprise

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  9. Joy, many thanks for completing some of the history for me on the Buccleuch postcard. Thanks also for pointing out it's in Cumbria (nee Lancashire) rather than Northumberland. I've updated this on the blog (I think for just a moment I mixed up Berwick and Barrow).

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  10. Oh how wonderful that Joy knew what you were asking about. I think that is the fun of this entire project. Someone may hook up with someone who knows something. Great job both of you.
    QMM

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