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Woolwich Fantasy

Woolwich Fantasy

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Love the Ferry, there's an idea, hows about a 'period' one, early 20th/lat19th century.
Love it, Jim
 

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Something new to savour, thanks Alan. There must be a point at which a port is too big for a canteen like Mabel's. The only similar outfits I know trade in fishing harbours. Deary me, I see pink ghosts by the motorbike, I should check my medication.

Perhaps because the focus seems to soften toward the top of the screen, but I have the impression cut-out ships on a sloping ground. I like the effect.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion Jim, I should do one of sailing vessels in the London docks
in the 1860's .

Rob ..... Sadly Mabel had a rent increase from the port authorities of ten bob a month three of the dockers protested at her plight by staging a nude protest. ( the pink ghosts) They were arrested for improper dress in public. In court they pleaded innocent to the charge as they were sporting Mabel's saveloys and not baring their own modesty. They were given a conditional discharge. Trouble was there was a rumour that the three saveloys were returned to the fridge later which explained why Mabel's trade drooped afterwards. After plying her trade for 60 years and at the age of 95 she decided to retire
to Margate to run a whelk stall.Those women from Canning Town were tough.
As far as the top being out of focus? Did you view it before or after elevenses?
I must come clean and admit I need to photograph it again.
I was taught at school that the world was flat hence the appearance of the real ships as they are.It was a long time ago.
I must apologise for the absence of fishing vessels I know my limitations and must not not trade coal for cod.
 

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Excellent Alan!
-Woolwich Reach and Charlton buoys, always a very busy part of London's river!
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Stan
 

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Wonderful, Alan. Are these 'ghosts', as Rob calls them so delicately, not the outlines of dockers who got run over by the big lorry? I know there are all sorts of stories about Mabel in 'The News of the Universe' (didn't they hack into her grapevine, which was growing peacefully behind the snackery?), but these, like the other points in your tale, are mere fig-leaves to hide the grim reality. We have to be truthful, and to avoid medication. I see 'outlines' round the crane too, and I would take it that, in the days before Health and Safety was invented and before it improved our conditions beyond belief (mainly by abolishing industries, cranes, steam engines etc. and thus eliminating dangers), containers and bags of pipes etc. could drop from the skies in a split second and without warning. No amount of tall tales can conceal the truth. Have you heard the one about the Zebra Crossing, Alan? The wee boy said to his Dad, 'Dad, I'm not crossing there. Look what happened to the zebra!' That tragedy occurred in the bad old days. I'm sure the cir***stances were similar in that part of London! Donald.
 

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Donald............Posts without a post from Donald are like posts without a net having just read that it reads like an own goal. The "pink ghost story" about the protest in support of our Mabel
was denied by Mabel when I called to enquire over a mug of her special paint removing tea.
The true explanation was less chivalrous, as can be observed, the three dockers were not the three muskateers at all !' They had been working unloading the paint consignment when one drum split right over their heads covering them in pink paint.
Apparently the whistle went for a tea break and the crane driver slammed on the lever too enthusiastically thus dislodging the lid. The rest is there for all to see.
Strange that you should mention her 'grape vine' because there has been a cultural revolution at her canteen because she was offering freshly pressed grapejuice ( she treads her own) as an healthy alternative to the 'creosote' served in 'borrowed' P.L.A. mugs. Her profits evaporated because she was thirty years ahead of her time.Hence her retirement plans.
I did not think I would chuckle at the thought of a dead zebra...but I was wrong. Its the way you tell' em. We were posher down south we had Pelicans crossing the road, or did I dream that ?
There is a free bacon butty at Mabel's for each vessel identified. Hurry she is closing next friday. Health & Safety???? I only recall Health & Efficiency !.
 

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Stans mention of Woolwich reach and Charlton buoys reminds me of a vessel I saw there in the late 50's. I noted the name but it was years later that I looked her up in Lloyds. She was the 'ALBERT G.BROWN' being a Liberty type Z-ET1-S-C3 tanker. Sold to Torres Sg -Lib- in 47 but with no name change.She is listed in Lloyds 1955 as still being a tanker? She was broken up in 1960. I wonder what cargo she had?

update; just found a photo of her;
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Aa/slides/Albert%20G%20Brown-01.html
 

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I can't name the ships - so no free bacon butty for me - but there is a clinker built dinghy being rowed with a single oar at the stern (sculling?) and of course a motor bike, a 'go fast' red one to boot!
 

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Sister Eleff...... Sorry you cannot claim a bacon butty but you can claim a slice of Mabel's home made bread and butter pud . Hope you are not on a diet? Each portion has 20 000 calories.(Thumb)
 

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Identities?
Top - Cory tug - Comben Longstaff coaster - Finnline
Bulker - London & Overseas Co?
Fred Olsen with Rumanian flag - Port Line - ?
On quay Tyne -Tees Shipping Co
 

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