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Archive Issue 62

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Archive Issue 62


64 pages. 275x215mm. .

ISSN 1352-7991 62

£6.00

Contents: The La Belle Marie: A Forest of Dean Market Boat by John Putley, p. 3; Burnhope Colliery & Village: Part Three by Colin E. Mountford, p. 19; Taxi! Summerfield Hire Service by Juan E. de Rose, p. 33; Forth & Clyde Canal by Euan Corrie, p. 49; Port Dinorwic by Ian Pope, p. 55

Archive Issue 62 - Sample Images

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From 'The La Belle Marie: A Forest of Dean Market Boat': A superb view of the La Belle Marie sat alongside the quay at Brockweir taken around 1910. This gives a good idea of her deck layout in her role as a cargo vessel. The most obvious difference is the much reduced boiler casing cum superstructure with the bridge structure having been removed. Forward of this (under the boarding plank) appears to be a hatch combing, indicating access to a hold. What looks like a ladder can be seen protruding from the hold? The gaff yard on the mast was used as a derrick for cargo handling and must have been worked by the anchor winch (visible in the bows). Between the mast and the winch is what looks like a forecastle hoodway or companionway. The detail is less clear aft of the boiler casing, but there is a low engine room skylight and a hint of a companionway (presumably for access down to the engine room). Aft of this is the ship’s wheel with a traditional binnacle housing in front of it. As with most photographs of the ship at Brockweir, the aperture in the deadwood area of the rudder is clearly visible. Ian L. Wright collection
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From 'Port Dinorwic': Dinorwic and her crew awaiting the completion of loading at Gilfach Ddu. The crew appear to be contemplating the view over the lake towards Snowdon.