Goole is one of the few places in the country where the public can access the docks. Carry on along Aire Street and you end up on a public footpath which meanders across through the docks, across a bridge and lock and out to bridge street.
This is the best place to view dock activity, though watch out for reversing fork lifts.
Could anyone settle an argument my brother worked all his life(working) at the goole shipyard he says goole dry docks were not long enough to take the railway (lanky)boats.Yet im posiitive that in the 1950s I saw the hebble or blyth in the dry dock adjacent to the ouse lock
Someone may have photographic proof.but I think your correct
Yes the Lankies would certainly be able to drydock at Goole, definitely in No2 (off South Dock) but you might well be right about No.1 (Ouse Dock) as well, BLYTH/HEBBLE were 240.5ft long, drydock 252.9ft and enough width for them at the entrance. But from my brief time at Goole I recall the problem at No.1 was the high sill level at the entrance so even small coasters had to watch their trim to keep the max. draft down, just looked at some old data and it looks like about 11.5ft on the sill with normal dock water level .... so I don't know if the Lankies could be got below that draft to get in.
Yes repairs were carried out in dry docks at Goole To the Lankys
mostly small jobs tho.As Goole was very busy ship building etc.The company wanted them back in service ASAP.So Immingham usually got most of the work(probobly financial reasons also)But Goole did indeed get some of the annual survay work---you won your bet
Can anyone confirm or deny what I thought I had read that they do use a working steam loco on the dock railway. Or was it just a pleasant dream?
I was down on Goole Docks taking some photo's earlier today and I could swear that part of the Aldam Dock has now been filled in (alongside Lowther Street). Am I correct in my thinking?
It is now used as a container storage area and was previosuly occupied by a large coil hoist and was the berth that the dredger Goole Bight used to use along with some other small craft. Today the ODIN was at berth on there.
Mick, Aldam was altered back in mid 1990's I think, used to be wider and had a 'T' shaped head similar to Stanhope Dock, the hoist was scrapped and that side part-filled to make room for the bigger PAL Line ships.
I sailed on the SS Irwell SS Hodder and SS Hebble I remember we used Immingham
I would be interested in any information regarding the SS EMPIRE OAK, which I believe had some connection with Goole. It was launched March 1941 and was Torpedoed and sunk in August 1941. My father served in the Merchant Navy on her and was lost with the ship. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you, Diana Price.
My Great Uncle, Harold Preston, aged 19 yrs, was one of the 13 crewmen to die on the Empire Oak, I would like to find out any information related to the ship, its voyage and the events surrounding its demise.
Please look on the ships page where there is another thread about this ship.
My great-uncle, Frank Tuxworth, was a policeman in Goole, pre World War 2. I believe he drowned in Goole docks but do not know why and my mother was not told - has anyone heard of this incident please?
I am trying to find out some info on a boat that I believe was built in Goole about 1981. She is a 28' 6" fibreglass constructed motor sailer with one mast. Does anyone know if it is possible she was built there and by whom? (Any boat builders still operating?)
Thank you in advance for any assistance in this matter.
I am trying to identify the name of a ship my father worked on,
I know it used to work out of Goole in the late 60's and I can only recall the name as been THE LANSIGN or something very similar.
Can anybody recall a ship of that name or a name like it
More than likely that a 28 footer was built by a small shipbuilder, like Smiths, but ... I only know they had a yard down Dutch River Side, taken over in time by Goole Marina ... I used to do annual refit duty down there, long before the eighties though. More like the fifties.
Can anyone throw any light on what I believe was a unique crane on Goole Docks? It was located near Stanhope Street and visible from what was then the back door of the old Marks and Spencers shop.
Apparently it used a chain over two pulleys and it operated by the chain being pushed out of line with the pulleys using a hydraulic cylinder. I didn't study it while it was there and its now long gone or so I am informed.
My memory is hazy but I think our teacher ("Ted" Hutchinson) told us about it whilst I was still at school quite a while ago.
Vessel mentioned two messages above is probably the LANCING, a collier operated by Stephenson Clarke and regularly loading in Goole.
For John, the crane next to Stanhope Street which you mention would be the old fixed-jib hydraulic crane which was there for most of the 1900's, if you click on 'Archive Photos' link at top right of this page you will see it in the photos at right hand end of the first two rows of photos.
I have heard that Goole docks in extreme situations can be drained. Is this true? If so how much of the dock can be drained? and how is is drained?
I have never seen a dock control room, just several small ABP offices.
wow it would be some extreme situation to drain Goole docks
locks maybe.all the docks are interlinked I guess the first thing one would have to do would ensure canal lock gates are closed
lol..What a sight to behold hopefully no ships would be in port
The book 'Railway on the Water' by Harold Crabtree mentions that in extreme situations the water level in the docks could be lowered to recover sunken Tom Pudding compartments
I too intrigued now how it would be done.I personally have witnessed many salvage ops inc tom puds but the only ones I saw were with BTC or was is Air Calder Navigation divers same ones used for problems with the lock gates.
"On one occasion the water level in the docks was lowered to recover sunken compartments, but this could be done only when it would not interfere with shipping." - Page 96
HI,does anyone know any info on the crane operators as my grandad gillibert hoier i think was one...doesnt talk about it much just goes on about who owned this house or that shop.
i moved down south when i was a kid so dont see him much...
can anyone recommend any links,books ...thanks
Hi, wondered if anyone out there can help me? Does anyone know of a bridge in the docks being called 'William Pickard's Bridge'. He was the second husband of my Great Aunt, Emma Anne Pickard, formerly Holmes , nee Hallifax & they ran a fish chip shop in George Street. Rumour has it that for some reason this bridge adopted his name ???
Pickards bridge was a footbridge across the docks one would cross from old Goole to Goole(or vice versa) and over the Lowther Bridge into Aire St. Next to what was called the Buzzer house.I feel its most likely named pickards because of the short cut to the chippy fom dock to George St rather than historic reasons.I/E by dock workers and such going for lunch.For example we have a mad dog lane and a cattle arch among other locally named places.
Many Thanks Pedro! Guessed it was a name that the dockers adopted. Could you recommend any book which may have old photo's of the docks & possibly this bridge ??
Debbie try searching Francis Frith collection of photos for goole docks. click on arial photos its not very clear but on Ref AFA13699br the small bridge bottom right is pickards.Top left is the large lowther bridge leading into Aire St.George St used to be off this street on the right.
Brilliant !! Many Thanks again Pedro
Just got a copy of newly published book, Martin Bairstow's Railways in East Yorkshire Volume 3, which has an interesting section on Goole Docks, also a section on Hull docks, plus other things, such as a great photo of the Selby Push'n'pull going through the railway gates in the 1950s.
I am trying to find any information relating to my ggrandfather, Master Mariner Mark Hargrave,further information who had a part share in a ship called ELITE,registration no. 67839, built by William Caisley in 1883 at ? Howden Dyke.I would be most grateful if you could help, or point me in the right direction to get further information.
Researching my family of mariners I came across a reference to Mark Robert Hargrave born knottingley 1855 (master mariner) Wife Ethelinda Susannah Burston born1856
Children Robert-Jabez-fred and John B.
Marks parents were Jabez and Ann (nee Hudson)
Dunno if its the same one your looking for
Just read the posting by V.J.Cini.
Sorry if this is late coming.
My father, Charlie, sailed on the Lancing with a Joe Cini out of Goole in the '60s. He held him in high regard. I recall taking my father to Leeds to visit him at his home after he retired in '72. I remember Joe telling me that he had given up the sea for a shore job and was surprised that my father had stayed at sea until ill health forced him to retire.
My wife's grandfather ( Peter Leddy) was Harbourmaster at Goole up to 1915. Can anyone give information about him, or indicate where information can be found.Thanks
hi can anyone tell me where germany dock is, my ggg uncle drowned in germany dock but cant find where it is
Hi, I am looking to go fishing and Goole is the closest place to where I live with access to the sea, does anybody know of any fishing trips that run from Goole?
I read the article Stuart. By Lucy Oates I also lived thro this period but unlike her I dont recall living on salmon dads catch went directly to Arthur Storr or Hopleys.I still have dads fishing licence (havent yet got around to giving it to Goole museum)the nets not unlike the ones kids use today for tiddlers.Where about 3ft diameter with a pole some 6ft long the small boats on the riverbank along Hook Rd were limited to areas of fishing i/e from the Ocean lock up to Boothferry Rail Bridge outside these areas one was poaching(quite a lot went on)I recall porpoise leaping and chasing salmon,so glad to see the river finally cleaning up.Last year I spotted a seal and a porpoise in the same area sadly I only had binoculars with me no camera.
I would like anyone who has any old photos or memories about what used to be Mariners Arms (is now Fst n Last) on South Street in Old Goole to get in touch with us please
Ref ,"Germany Dock." Helens posting 12.6.2008.
I have a 1905 Map that shows "Old Hamburg shed" just to the right of Lowther Bridge from Aire St. side. Would this be any indication where it was? Bye Alan
Hey im looking for dry dock designs with the locking doors going through through the width of the dock(slidin from one end to the next) rather than open in two halves.Is this possible? I want to know if it can be used in small dock like a 30-40ft width.Actual pics would be nice.Thank you.
Bernard,ref your question of Dry dock gates.There are some gates that 'Lay down' in one piece in the lock as at ST.Kathrines Haven London,near Tower Bridge.
Hi im looking to get any information about my humber keel The Floss.She sat in goole for many years when she was owned by the Taylor family.She was built in Gainsborough in 1937 and worked for Spillars and Furleys (we think).Now trying to get any photos of her and more information.
We are currently converting her for our new home.
Many thanks for any help.......Jason and kirstie
Elaine Jones posted a comment regarding the late Frank Tuxworth - he was married to my Aunt in I think 1918. His death was in 1947. Please reply as I may have information.
Does anyone know Elaine Jones from blog 2007? Pease contact me
Hello Can anyone out there help me with my "memories trip"
I sailed out of Goole in 1957/8 on the Collier "Gwynwood" my captain was Capt. Collier. I am trying to obtain any photoes of the France Fenwick ship Gwynwood, Hopeing to make a model for the Museum. Thanking you in anticipation..Baz.
SS GYWNWOOD My grandfather was the Captain on a simily named vessel that was sunk in WW2 on the 4/2/41.
I was wondering if there are any surviving relatives or descendants of the other crew members that perished when it was sunk in HULL Docks by a German aircraft.
As a very young lad in the late 50's and an avid reader of the Goole Times, I could never, in my naievity, understand why so many ladies were regularly prosecuted for 'trespassing on the docks'. Only later did it dawn on me what people meant when they referred to 'dock fairies'. I wonder if this is a tradition and a source of employment that continues today?
Can anyone tell me the name of the biggest ship ever to dock at Goole?
I know of two that were reported at the time as being on the large size, but never a definitive answer. They were the Norbrit Vaser (excuse spelling!) and the Ince 2 (think that was a renamed ship)
Appreciate any pointers!
Does anyone know where the Graving Dock was in Goole? My relation's death record is giving this as the place he died in 1904.
my father was a pilot upto mid 70s and at that time the biggest ship was the Ask, I was on this ship as a child with my dad when docking in Goole, it only just got round the docks. I do not remember her country but it was possibly Danish
A John Hiscox was living in Goole in 1841, and his occupation in the census return appears to be 'agent to the anti dry dock company'. Does anyone know about this, or what the word 'anti' should read? In case it provides a clue, I will mention that after he left Goole he was a timber merchant.
In the 70s, working for the docks board, I remember the Anglezark, a dredger that used to keep the docks and dock gates free. I think she used to discharge silt out at sea. Wondering if anyone knew what happened to her?
Help! does anyone recognise the name, (or any part of it - even spelled differently), 'Hans Christian Raavland Wilson', of Dutch decent,(born 1828), a Master Mariner, believed to once have been the Harbour Master at Goole? Please email me with any information whatsoever, i'll be most grateful firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi - I am looking for a family who used to run a pub in Goole along side the docks - I believe mum and dad to be Ashley & Elizabeth with a daughter, Dawn. I think Dawn would have been born in the 60's. Any info greatley appreciated and gladly received xxxxx
FAO Dave Pidd.
Thank you very much for the information it is very much appreciated.
Hi was wondering if anyone would be able to recall a submarine in the docks!! Me mum said that she rememberd one being in the docks...around the late fifty's or the sixtys. Sadly she has passed away and i remember her telling me when i was little when we were on hols at Grans who used to live on humber street (I still remember the sound of the building in progress of the last ship!!!)
I am told by a friend that there is a yacht in Goole marina that was once requisitioned by Erwin Rommel from a Dutch person. Has anyone any information about this yacht? If possible her name and how she ended up in Goole? Many thanks.
The yatch you refer to is MAYBE.A two masted yatch.I'm pretty sure she is moored in the canal outside Goole Marina.I have quite a few pictures of her in the Yorkshire Ouse off Reedness.I have a contact at the marina who could tell you more.
For Alan Anderson
Thanks for the reply Alan I would be interested in seeing those pictures, if possible? Is it possible I could get more of the history of the MAYBE from your contact? Thank you.
Hello for Magabe,Stuart will you give Magabe my E-mail add.There is a Web for the "Maybe" It is;www.maybe-sailing.com where you can find out more. Bye,Alan.
For Alan Anderson.
Thank you for your help Alan I found the web site very interesting. Your mention of Reedsness earlier took me back to my days sailing on the Humber, fond memories of some great characters. Thanks again.
I remember the submarine coming into Goole docks. I suppose it would be in the late fifties. My big sister took me to look round it and I can vividly remember her making me walk up some narrow, steep steps inside and insisting that I went up first because she had a skirt on and didn't want any sailors looking up it! LOL
Can anyone direct me to useful information regarding residential properties that used to exist on South St, Vermuyden Terrace, Quay St, James St etc? I am desperate to view what previously stood there as now there seems to be only three Pubs and a single row of terraces.
Has anybody got any info apart from his obituary on Captain Samuel Wright and his off spring.
Still lookiong for Elaine jones re Frank Tuxworth please contact
Regarding the premises on Vermuyden Terrace etc, I've just finished reading a small book from the local library entitled 'Around Goole ' by Ben and Mave Chapman which has info and photo's of Vermuyden Terrace and surrounding area. I found this to be a very interesting little book.
I amm looking for anyone that knows of the carson family.I know Victor & Robert worked on the docks in the 1950s
Goole Docks - 1935.
Who owned Goole Docks in 1935? I am trying to find employment details of my Grandfather Matthew Gofton who was the Berthing Master. I have an image of him dated 1935 in full uniform. Grateful for any help. Thank you
Tuxworth - FAO: Jeni Dealty. Hi I'm Elaine Jones' niece so I'm interested in Frank Tuxworth as well! Can you DM me?
The port's owner from when it was built in 1827 right through to 1948 was the Aire and Calder Navigation, in other words it was part of the canal system extending to Leeds and Wakefield.
D. Wright interesting you are asking for info on Samuel wright. I am looking for details of my mothers family - also Wright - My great grandfather was John Pearson Wright and his wife Clara Phoebe Wright he was listed as a merchant seaman on one record we found and tug operator on another. We have a watercolour of a boat by Reuben Chappelle which we are told was my great great grandfathers but we have no further information about who he is and whether he was the owner or just captain of the boat. Anyone know any Wrights who might be related/can shed any light on my story I would love to hear from you
Does anyone know Elaine Jones?
would love to get in touch
Can Elaine Jones niece please e mail me
The submarines that visited Goole in the 50's were of the T class. one was called tapire , the other I cannot remember its name for sure but maybe something like Tryumph ???. I started on the docks in 1955 a messenger lad and always carried a small camera with me, bue about 3000 nrgitives were distroyed in later years. I think I may still have a photo of the sub someware. I think that Germany Dock used to be where railway dock is now, Hamburg shed in the 50's was on the 25 shed side of railway dock ,the butter boats discharged bacon and butter ect. hear. Hamburg yard was part of 25 shed railway system.
25 Shed was alongside the church yard in church street.
Sorry about all the spelling mistakes in the last postings. It must be the sun getting to me here in Benidorm. 1am and still 27 degrees ....... we could do with rain.
HI EDDIE, JUST SPOTTED YOUR COMMENTS ON THE SUBS;
1955 BRINGS BACK SOME NICE MEMORIES CHEERS FOR NOW HARRY.
PS. DID YOU RECEIVE MY FIRST E MAIL ??
I remember a sub. called Trespersass visiting not sure of spelling.
I remember this submarine visiting Goole in the 50's it was docked by the lowther bridge. friends and myself were there on its first day and I was chosen by a Goole Times photographer to have my picture taken on board. I do remember seeing the picture in the paper, wish I had the picture now.
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