top of page
smallblue.png

NS004

Tyne

Limekiln Shore

Limekiln Shore, Floating Dock

North Shields

55.001455, -1.445638

Useful Links:

Opened:

1850

Closed:

1859

Owners:

Morrison & Fawcus

Types built here:

Barque

Customers (Not Exhaustive):

Estimated Output:

1

Construction Materials:

Wood

Status:

Redeveloped

Last Updated:

13/06/23

Description

A floating dock was located near the Smith shipyard in the 1850s. A piece from the Newcastle Guardian confirms a license was granted to Morrison & Fawcus to place a floating dock here.

It appears they were the sole operators of the dock for at least a decade. An 1858 advertisement shows off its use at the floating dock, which was still a rarity on the Tyne by this point. They constructed the Wellesley, a wooden barque, in 1854 for a local merchant.

The dock can be seen on the Ordnance Survey of 1865, which was surveyed in 1858. It is shown between the Bull Ring Dock and the New Dock as a rectangular structure separate from the riverbank. It was fairly substantial in size, and will have suited large vessels.

They were in operation until at least 1864, as this is the last recorded mention of the floating dock. However, unfortunately we don't know of any other vessels constructed here.

By the 1890s the whole area was redeveloped with larger graving docks and yards.

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Ordnance Survey, 1865. Surveyed 1858

Have we missed something, made a mistake, or have something to add? Contact us

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

HER information as described above is reproduced under the basis the resource is free of charge for education use. It is not altered unless there are grammatical errors. 

logo0623.png

Historic Maps provided by

nls-logo.png
bottom of page