Devonshire Dock Hall

April 4, 2008 at 11:52 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Devonshire Dock Hall

One doesn’t like to get tangled with clichés about pachyderms in the chamber, but you can’t keep a picture blog about Barrow for very long without reference to the Devonshire Dock Hall.  Not if you’re being honest anyway.  There aren’t many parts of town that you can’t see it from.  On a clear day you can see it from the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster, the top of Blackpool Tower and the summit of Scafell Pike.  So let’s get it over with.

It dates from the 1980s, as many tacky things do.  Faced with the demise of Britain’s shipbuilding industry, Barrow sold its soul to the devil (in the guise of the Thatcher government) in return for a few years of boom while other shipyards closed.  As a result, Barrow can no longer build surface ships.  The DDH, as it’s known politely, otherwise the Trident Shed or Maggie’s Farm, is the legacy of that.  It’s a vast shed for the construction of submarines.  Once in a while a sub is slowly rolled out ond lowered into the water – the says of spectacular launches, side-on, down the slipway into the Walney Channel are over.  The last one to come out was HMS Astute in June 2007.  Astute was moored in the dock for several months, did its diving trials there, and was taken back inside.  Watch this space for news of its re-emergence.

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  1. Your blog has been included in our guide.

    Around The World with Daily Photoblogs Old and New is a brief history of the City Daily Photoblog movement and a guide to sites around the world.

    The criterion for inclusion here is that photographs mainly from a specific geographical location have been posted at dated intervals, and archives are searchable by date. Although originally arising from the CDPB lists this is an independent publication. Inclusion here does not imply that a blog is officially a CDPB.

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  2. I disagree, i like the DDH even if it is only because I like the thought of us having tthe biggest shibuilding complex of its kind in Europe.


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