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Unusual loading on the Tyne
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eriskay



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This small MSF Fresh Water Evaporator package plant is seen here being swung out into the River to float on its own 'pontoon' downriver to Strick Line's M.V. NIGARISTAN for shipment to Abu Dhabi, Trucial States, in the 1950s.

Built by Richardson Westgarth at Wallsend.
· Date: Mon, 5 April 10 · Views: 252
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Mike S

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Mon, 5 April 10 22:18

Richardson Westgarth were in Hartlepool.
That would have been North Eastern Marine Wallsend part of the RW Group in the 1950's. Dad was MD there from 1955 to 1959. Looks like the old Hammerhead Crane was getting an airing!
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eriskay

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Tue, 6 April 10 02:22

Thank you for that, Mike, all correct. They joined hands with Glasgow's Weir Group (then G & J Weir) in the late 1950s to launch Weir Westgarth, a specialised Seawater Desalination and Water Treatment Company as that market was too restricted for two UK companies to compete with each other. I joined the Company in 1968 after a short stint at sea and am still there 42 years later - sad case!
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