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Archive for March 30, 2013

Wincham, – Goodbye old Girl

Wincham 1

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

It comes to us all in the end….

Some years ago and longer than I can remember, I was in Liverpool and took this shot of the Wincham at the then new Albert docks.

Wincham’s history

Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich for ICI Liverpool, WINCHAM is a small motor cargo vessel designed to carry goods in bulk on the west coast of England. She is made of riveted steel, has a diesel engine and is the last of a class of 5 vessels built for ICI. Her working week would encompass 2 or 3 trips with chemical products from the ICI works at Winnington on the River Weaver to Liverpool and Birkenhead for transfer to deep sea vessels.

In 1977, she was sold to Bulk Cargo Handling Services Limited whose colours she still carries. In 1983 she was withdrawn from commercial service and purchased by the Wincham Preservation Society Ltd who maintain and operate her from her berth at Canning Dock alongside the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The Society received a grant of £47,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002 and she is maintained in operating condition.

But then….

Wincham about to be broken up at Bromborough 17/04/09

The former ICI Weaver barge Wincham (built 1948) seen about to be broken up on the slipway at Bromborough 17/04/09. She was part of the Mersey maritime collection and based in Albert dock Liverpool but costly repairs meant her original owners took the decision to let her go for scrap… a disgrace.

So here she is in the better days!

Wincham 2

Nikon F90x, 50mm f1.4 lens
Ilford XP2

Good bye old girl, you left a big space behind!!