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DavidMatthewson

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  1. Congratulations on the new house, job .. and life! oh and Happy Christmas too!
  2. Fantastic photos - many many thanks - great to see details of the steelwork and the ship loader close up. I'd always assumed it ran on rails but now I know!
  3. So true - I think some of the Fowey GWR loader is still extant and even in use, but as for the rest, all changed or gone.. ;{
  4. Some stills from a 1960s (?) 8mm cine film found in the BFI archives. ' On the water at Fowey' https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-on-the-water-at-fowey-1960-online
  5. Thanks for the information .. the pdf is especially interesting as it has a waterside shot of the loader which I"ve never seen before. Great stuff!!
  6. Many thanks for the photos and additional information. The first of your pics.. the one taken from the North end of the loader_is especially useful as it clearly shows that the entire structure seems to be on raised girders. Very useful.. Thanks
  7. A bit more R & D... I found this pic on the 'net, so again, not my (c) and I could not find any attribution. It's interesting for several reasons. First it's the only one I've seen from this point of view, and shows a great image of the china clay loader, tracks, hoppers and so on. Even better, whilst undated, if the ship tied up to the jetty is the 'Crandon' as marked on the pic, then we can date the photo fairly precisely, as being between 1927 and 1933. That's because she started life as the 'Gardenia' in 1914 on the Tyne and then was regularly sold on and renamed, in 1927 being sold to Crandon Shipping in Cardiff who renamed her 'Crandon' and then sold her in 1933 when she was again renamed 'David Dawson'. See these links for details: http://www.tynebuiltships.co.uk/G-Ships/gardenia1914.html https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?207861 http://mariners-list.com/site_pages.php?section=Shipping+Companies&category=English&page_name=Charlton+Steam+Ship+Co Also, as the links give the dimensions - she was 100m long - scaling the jetty etc becomes possible. In terms of operation, the second marked up photo shows a line of trucks just about to be shunted one by one over the tippers at point 'A'. The wagons are end tippers and the clay falls under the tracks onto a conveyor belt which then lifts it up to the top of the loader, then a second short belt moves it onto a third belt which is parallel to the jetty edge. Finally, a movable short belt carries the clay up over the jetty side and into the vessel holds. Note that this belt can traverse almost the entire length of the jetty to reach any hold on a moored ship. All designed and built by the GWR! If anyone else has any more information I'd love to hear about ti - thanks.
  8. Just bought it for £10 and really excellent maps. They cover from the mid 1800s to 1980s over several pages, do show the jetties and are just...brilliant.
  9. To partially answer my own question, the Middleton Press 'Wenford Bridge to Fowey' book by Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith has a number of good photos of the site, both the GWR period and the more modern installation. Pub 1998, ISBN 1 901706 09 5 I found a copy for less than £10 on E-bay.. Section 87-102.
  10. Many thanks to Stubby47 & the Fat Controller for the feedback. I'm off to buy the book TFC mentions!
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