Building the Dunston Coal Staithes, c1900
Reference Number: GL011958
When the staithes were erected the land between them and the gasworks on the right was continuous. In order to allow the ships to ply on both sides of the staithes the land was dug out to make a channel. At first only the centre was removed, then later the ends would be dredged allowing the water to flood in, in effect widening the river. While this operation was still in progress, one end of the dam gave under pressure and the site was flooded.
Pelaw Staithes ...served by waggonways in Gateshead
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