Archive for August, 2016

Southwark Council Plan to Destroy More of our Marine Heritage

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
The Red Derrick Crane in Odessa Street needs saving!

The Red Derrick Crane in Odessa Street needs saving!

The Red Scotch Derrick Crane in Odessa Street is now under threat from developers seemingly working with Southwark Council’s support. This old docklands crane is the last one remaining in Rotherhithe and was left standing as part of the London Docklands Development Corperation’s commitment to preserving some of the dockland heritage of the area. Rotherhithe was a major importer of Scandinavian Timber. The links with Scandinavia still exist with the Norwegian and Finnish Churches being based here. This rare crane was used to unload timber to nearby yards. It seems that Southwark Council has a policy to let these wonderful pieces of heritage go into dereliction and then state they are unsafe so that the land can be cleared to line the pockets of developers. The links between the developers and the council employees is uncomfortably close. http://betterelephant.org/blog/2013/04/09/report-uncovers-corruption-at-the-elephant/

The council has been running down South Dock Boat Yard for many years so that they can smother it with high rise tower blocks. All around there are signs of a basic lack of maintenance of the historic docklands artefacts presumably with a view for future demolition and profitable development.

The bridge over Greenland Dock entrance has fallen into disrepair. How long will it be before Southwark try to get it removed?

The bridge over Greenland Dock entrance has fallen into disrepair. How long will it be before Southwark try to get it removed?

There is a petition to help save the Red Scotch Derrick Crane at http://tinyurl.com/z8o8ofa, or via the full web address which is http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=500000030&RPID=614088535&HPID=614088535.

If the petition gets more than 500 signatures, Southwark council have to respond.

Please sign it so they are forced to reconsider this act of vandalism and please forward this to anyone else that you might know who cares for the heritage of the area.

Another Vertue Spotted – Mea V89

Monday, August 1st, 2016

During my rather too short summer holiday whilst in West Mersea I spotted this fine Cheoy Lee built Vertue called Mea. Andrew, the friendly driver of the club launch, also pointed to another Vertue moored a few cables away but I can’t recall the name. Mea was built in 1959 of teak on ipol frames with a lead keel. In 1966 she was fitted with a Volvo MD1 diesel engine. I wonder if it is still chugging away! The boom is described as short, presumably because she has no bumkin. The Cheoy Lee Vertues do seem to last a long time, I expect this one will easily see out 100 years.

Vertue Mea V89

Vertue Mea V89

Mea V89

Mea V89