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Photo-a-day 148: Accumulator tower

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Wendy and I went to enjoy the lovely weather down at the marina at North Shields today, which I also visited last month. This photo shows the original accumulator tower which used to power the lock. It’s pretty much the only visible artefact of the original Albert Edward Dock.

The lock itself remains in fine fettle thanks to regular maintenance, and was indeed operating today:

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Photo-a-day 108: Royal Quays Marina

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This is part of the pretty Royal Quays Marina at North Shields. It’s built around the Victorian Albert Edward Dock, which was opened by Albert Edward himself, in 1884.

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Photo-a-day 107: MS Princess Seaways

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This is MS Princess Seaways, one of the big DFDS cruiseferries that runs from North Shields, here in Newcastle, to IJmuiden, in the Netherlands.

It’s probably a ship with deep psychological issues: it was “born” in Germany in 1986 and was christened MS Peter Pan. It underwent a definitive sex change in 2006, when it became Princess of Norway, having used three other fairly gender neutral names in the interim, but has remained a princess of one sort or another ever since.

I always thought it was unlucky to rename a ship, but perhaps I’m wrong…!

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