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Orontes

ORONTES. Built by Vickers, Barrow 1929, 19,970 tons, 1,612passengers. Scrapped 1962

From an ad for Vickers Armstrong, captioned: "Orontes at Tilbury". I would guess we are seeing one shift leaving and one arriving, but they're not wearing what I would call working clothes, and it doesn't look that much like a shipyard.

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Great photo Stein..ORONTES is in Tilbury Graving Dock .The pub near starboard bow was Basin Tavern,destroyed by fire bombs in1940.The building on right is Silley Weir's Ship Repairers..The workers are shiprepairers and shore gangs and with snow on the ground they wear overcoats hiding their overalls- almost all are wearing flat caps..
On the left are The Dwellings. Four storey flats built for the workers during the construction of Tilbury Docks ..Demolished during 1950's.
Near The Dwellings was Tilbury Seamens Hospital and two roads Peninsular Road and Oriental Road named for the P&O Company...Also now demolished...
 

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Hi Stan, you obviously know the place. Looks very spacy compared to the yard I worked in for a while. Regards, Stein.
 

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Yes Stein,that area has been familiar to me all my life..I was born in 1921 at Grays - just 3 miles from that drydock and lived there until 1954..I then married a German girl in Hamburg same year..Left the sea in 1956 after 20 years .Came back to live here in Gravesend and got a job as a ships rigger in Tilbury Docks .I had that job 30 years - yes,I know that area !!!
 

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