Wednesday, February 11, 2009

DOCK OF THE BAY- ABC D

Down by the dockside

ABC this week is brought to you by the letter D

Click to enlarge, it's a biggy.

Can anyone answer this for me? Is there another D in there, the crane. It that a Derrick?  I'm side on  to the image and no expert so I'm appreciate it if anyone could answer this. The docks are still alive and well in Ramsey. Unlike a lot of coastal towns, fishing boats still set sail from here, a shipyard serving local and visiting boats for repairs as you can see is still working, transportation of dry goods and boats still moor. It may be on a smaller scale now but with the recession I consider this to be the lifeblood for the town. With so many shops and and business folding it's refreshing to see a real old fashioned industry still working.


The docks have played their part in Isle Of Man history. The Jane oil tanker and the Star of India(Euterpe) Tall Ship were built here by Manxmen. Fletcher Christian, yes he of the Bounty is rumoured to have skulked around here after fleeing Pitcairn. Could be true there is a family connection which I've covered before. The famous Radio Station - Radio Caroline a ship and pirate Radio Station of the '60's came into dock here and was normally moored in the waters just outside of Ramsey.  As you can see by this image it's still going strong. The docks are strangely the only ones on the island with the facilities to handle imports of bulk cement. Went for monochrome and kept the lampposts in just for the conversing seagulls, not for perfection, not this week. Bit of a unofficial bird theme going on this week. Unintentional unlike the realism of the image which was very intentional. Derrick or not I have to know?


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58 comments:

Janie said...

I'm glad to hear the shipyard business is going strong. Good D post!

Terry said...

Try commenting again! Brilliant. Wouldn't know about cranes. I like the lamps peeing in, looks like aliens.

Anne-Berit said...

Nice D-post!

Mo said...

Wow a long way from Pitcairn

laxeylass said...

I much prefer these "real" images to your "pretty" perfect ones. Don't change a thing. This is the Ramsey I know. For old times sake would an image of the old swimming pool be arranged. Thanks again.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cool photo! Dramatic in BW!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Now you've got me wondering the differences between a derrick and a crane. I'm going to have to look that one up. ;-)

Fletcher Christian sure got around, eh? It's fun to learn so much about the Isle of Man, almost like being a tourist there.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Derrick - a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered or a simple crane having lifting tackle slung from a boom. News to me....I personally love a birdy theme. Michelle

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

During World War II, these cranes must have been mimicking Winston Churchill's "V" for Victory sign.

Virginia said...

Lord girl, you hit all the bases. I feel so boring next to your repertoire! I'll send Wayne to drool over the bridges!! Great shots as always.
V

Guy D said...

Great shots, love it in black and white.

Cheers!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Wayne said...

I always enjoy these industrial and working port shots.

Derricks are cranes used on docks. Derricks have other uses and meanings as well.

You could refer to these as derricks or cranes and I think you'd be correct either way.

Gantries are also cranes used on docks but let's not get too technical.

Tumblewords: said...

I'm glad you have some answers, as I have none. The photo is fascinating, though and the narrative is wonderfully enlightening.

Virginia said...

Bridges, cranes, derricks, gantries. What do I know? We only have a few rivers and creeks around here. I'm a slow learner!
V

magiceye said...

starkly delightful image!

Bibi said...

'Darned' if I know if it's a 'derrick' or not, but I like the other d's.

Olivier said...

on les imagine en mouvement, comme deux danseuses. beau b&w
imagine they are in motion, like two dancers. beautiful b & w

Sherry said...

Nice construction shot, always interesting to see the rebuilding efforts of men..:)

Lene said...

...and I startet singing at once when I entered your blog ;) Sitting on the dock of the bay.... D for delightful :)

Have a nice day.... maby on the dock of the bay ;)

Ackworth born said...

dunno about the derricks but I love those two seagulls!

anthonynorth said...

So many shipyards are going bust these days. A great shame.

Carolina said...

You can also enter it for V. And for Camera Critters as 'Sneaky Seagull'. Always love your photos.

Deslilas said...

according to my American heritage dictionary for the English language it could be connected to "Derick" the name of a famous English hangman of the 16th century !

Jackie said...

Glad to hear the fishing industry seems to be going strong. I get the impression in Scotland it's still quite precarious.

Miss_Yves said...

The industrial life in harbour suggested in your photo is fascinating.
Fletcher Christian and the Bounty ...What a terrific story !
It's very kind of you to play with us . The rule is explained on my blog, better than I did on your blog .

Merisi said...

Brilliant photo!

Reader Wil said...

It's a biggy indeed. But I cannot tell if it's a derrick or not. My daughter Thymeline might know, for she had drawn many cranes for her job. Well good luck.

Lawstude said...

the crane is sooo imposing. and we incidentally have monochrome shots in both our current posts.

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Mamapippa said...

Great photo !

Rose said...

I always thought derricks and cranes were much the same thing--I see other experts have answered this question. Glad you pointed out the seagulls--I almost missed them!

Stan said...

Derrick I think. Great work in black an white.

Silwy said...

Dear Baboo,
I can say only that this photo is kind of murky for me...Work in harbour can be tough...

Lily Hydrangea said...

I wish I knew what it was, but I like photo nonetheless!

Marie-Noyale said...

can't help with the name..
But you will be able to use that picture again when ABC reaches the V!!

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love this photograph, Bab. ABC Wed. looks like fun. I always say I'm going to play and then never get to it. I know one of these days I'll be inspired.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

Anonymous said...

Just great to see the Manx Flags on the Cranes great photo. Rmmsey Lad

mannanan said...

Brilliant "D". Great capture.

loulee said...

There is another D in there!
Denied Access!!
Bottom right hand corner.
I love seeing your work, you're teaching me to look at my home town in a different way.

Boise Diva said...

The seagulls are great for perspective - the cranes are huge!

John said...

Nicely composed B/W image,Babooshka!
Great posting for the letter.

Dragonstar said...

The detail is wonderful! You could use something like this for V as well!

T said...

V for Victory too. Nice one B.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Excellent information and history of the docks. Very nice "D," Babooshka.

Tanya said...

Like MN said, that would be perfect for the letter V!

Kim said...

I haven't been around to your site in awhile. I thought of you the other day when I was watching the Discovery Channel and they were talking about the Isle of Man :) This is a great shot, love it in black and white.

Gail's Man said...

Like the two seagulls sitting there on the lamppost watching the action. And the Manx flag. Haven't really seen it in many of your photos Babs.

Per Stromsjo said...

And certainly worthwhile enlarging too.

Ken said...

I didn't that was Isle of Man flag.

marley said...

Nice D post. I can spot a lorry making a Delivery! Well, collection didn't fit with the theme! Lol!

JM said...

Otis Redding would have loved this title! :-)
Wonderful b&w shot!

Dee said...

Great post.

Gordon said...

Great post; nice B/W shot and interesting background info.

Jay said...

I would call those Derricks. I remember the cranes on the docks from my childhood in London and that's what everyone called them - as far as I remember, they looked just like that!

Thanks for the memories. :)

angela said...

Derricks, cranes...they're all the same to me but I was wondering how manxfolk earned their crusts. So the docks are still a going concern then?

Mojo said...

I think a derrick is a specific type of crane, as in all derricks are cranes, but not all cranes are derricks... But in any event, it's a wonderful image. Especially viewed at full size!

For what it's worth, here's what Dictionary.com said on the subject:
der⋅rick /ˈdɛrɪk/ [der-ik] –noun
1. Machinery. a jib crane having a boom hinged near the base of the mast so as to rotate about the mast, for moving a load toward or away from the mast by raising or lowering the boom.
2. Also called oil derrick. the towerlike framework over an oil well or the like.
3. a boom for lifting cargo, pivoted at its inner end to a ship's mast or kingpost, and raised and supported at its outer end by topping lifts.
–verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4. Machinery. luff.

Babooshka said...

It's so good of you all to not only comment but to answer questions about cranes and such like I throw at you. Cheers all I will have to try a close up one.

Hello Ramsey Lad. You have given me an idea for a mini project with all those flags I see in unusual paces around town.

spacedlaw said...

Interesting D.

Celeste said...

Love the industrial image, it works so well in black and white. Working shipyards and docks are pretty rare things in this day and age!

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