From our Archives: Cargo shipments through the years
PUBLISHED: 10:32 15 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:36 15 November 2015
Past cargoes on the quaysides, while evoking the third stanza of John Masefield’s celebrated poem, point to our important industrial and maritime heritage.
A sailing boat glides past the busy port of Norwich in late 1950, when at least two vessels are unloading. The coaster River Ouse discharges a cargo of coal into a giant hopper, while the Activity is berthed on the quayside. Another landmark on the river, the citys flour mill, RJ Read, has smoke emerging from the chimney.
Loading some of the 11,000 barrels of pickled herring the Danish motor vessel Birgitte Skou will ship from Great Yarmouth to Israel in March 1951.
Discharging a cargo of oats from Thames barge the Redoubtable at Watlings Quay, Yarmouth, in July 1952. In the hold, a team of four men are filling sacks while a tallyman keeps note. In the foreground, dozens of sacks are waiting to be filled.
The London vessel Summity went aground at Whitlingham on her first trip up the river. The Summity was carrying a cargo of coal to the city from Blyth, Northumberland in July 1953.
A Russian cargo of soya meal is landed from the Auseklis at Yarmouth in September 1960. The sacks are being loaded onto a lorry owned by W Lanham, cattle and general carter of Ormesby.
At Bollard Quay, Yarmouth, the large Swedish vessel Arabritt was busy unloading her timber cargo in March 1961.
The 360-ton Albatross loads a cargo of chemicals at the North Quay, Lowestoft, in February 1965. She had just joined the Lowestoft-Rotterdam cargo run operated by the East Anglian Shipping Co.
The East German grain ship Stubnitz prepares to berth by the Purfleet silos at Kings Lynn, while a timber-laden Russian vessel XNNYMAA heads for the South Quay in August 1967.
At the silo on Lowestofts North Quay a cargo of sacked grain from Africa is being unloaded in late 1972.
During floods in early 1978 the 125-ton dead-weight Function had just unloaded its cargo of cereal pellets at Wells when the waves stuck, leaving it high and dry. It is pictured being put back into the water with the aid of a crane.
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