this may be the wrong section to post, but does anyone have a copy of the auction catalogue from 1935? I am trying to trace what happened to the mechanical horses from the gym.
More atPublished on Tuesday 12 July 2011 16:10
HOW were the mighty fallen ...
I am going back here to that intriguing picture the other day, of the long, bare hull of a ship, accompanied by tugs, in the harbour.
It had come from a reader in Scotland whose father had taken the snap, he thinks in the 1930s.
Could anyone identify the ship, he wondered?
Well I suggested that it might have been one of the incomplete aircraft carriers that were built up river during the Second World War – but then the dates would have been wrong.
Much more likely, it turns out, is the suggestion by readers Dennis Maccoy, Jim Allen and Ray Collins, was that what we were actually looking at was the sad hulk of the great ocean liner Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic.
She’s seen her entering the Tyne in 1935, to be broken up at Jarrow as part of a bid to create work for the town following the closure of Palmer’s shipyard.
If it was her hull, then it would have been on its way to Inverkeithing in 1937 for completion of demolition.
Says Jim: “I believe it to be either the Berengaria or the Olympic, both of which were dismantled at Jarrow and then one of them, if not both, were towed to Inverkeithing for final scrapping.
I have a clear recollection as a boy in the mid-1930s of seeing at least one of them being brought in to the Tyne.”