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Port of Blyth.

Blyth is Northumberland's biggest port, handling bulk cargos of aluminium ore, wind turbines, coal, recycling materials and other general cargo.

A new cargo dock (Battleship Wharf ) with a rail link has been built on the site of the old ship breakers yard. There is a large marina in the South Harbour and a small fishing fleet still operates from the port.

There has been a harbour at Blyth since the 12th century but it was in the 18th century that the port developed through the export of coal. In fact Blyth was once Europe's largest exporter of coal.

Ship building also flourished and Blyth was one of the major shipbuilding yards in the North East of England. Many ships were built at Blyth Shipyard including the Royal Navy's first aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal - originally a merchant ship and converted for military use.

Along with shipbuilding came ship dismantling and many ships made their final voyage to Hughes Bolkow shipbreakers at North Blyth.

Coal was without doubt the biggest trade for Blyth and it was loaded onto ships via massive wooden staithes on the north and south sides of the river, all now dismantled, although the lower sections remain. Coal was also loaded directly from Bates Colliery on the south side of the River. This loading equipment is still in use and recycling material is now loaded to cargo ships here.

The Power Station on the north bank of the river once dominated the view and was a landmark for miles around but this has now gone and all that remains is a switching station.

Blyth has also become well known for the wind turbines that were built along the East Pier. The two offshore turbines were the largest of their type when built and now turbine sections are being imported via the South Harbour.

Unloading at Battleship Wharf.

Unloading coal at Battleship Wharf.

Unloading at Battleship Wharf.

Unloading at Battleship Wharf.

Ships unloading at Battleship Wharf.

 

Container ships laid-up waiting for cargo.

Container ships laid-up waiting for cargo.

 

Small boats moored at Bates Jetties.

Small boats moored at Bates Jetties.

 

Cargo ship waiting to be loaded at Bates Jetties.

Cargo ship waiting to be loaded at Bates Jetties.

 

Fishing boats moored in Blyth South Harbour.

Fishing boats moored in Blyth South Harbour.

 

Blyth South Harbour.

Blyth South Harbour.

 

Cargo ship reversing into in Blyth South Harbour.

Cargo ship reversing into in Blyth South Harbour.

 

Cargo ship moored in Blyth South Harbour.

Cargo ship moored in Blyth South Harbour.

 

Cargo ship leaving the River Blyth.

Cargo ship leaving the River Blyth.

 

Cargo ship entering the River Blyth.

Cargo ship entering the River Blyth.

 

Ship moored at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

Ship moored at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

Ship moored at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

Ship moored at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

Ships unloading at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

 

Train approaching Alcan Ore Terminal from the smelter at Lynemouth

Train approaching Alcan Ore Terminal from the smelter at Lynemouth

 

Ship being loaded at Blyth roll-on roll-off dock.

Ship being loaded at the roll-on roll-off terminal at Wimbourne Quay.

 

View up the River Blyth.

View up the River Blyth.

 

View down the River Blyth with a ship unloading at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

View down the River Blyth with a ship unloading at Alcan Aluminium Ore Terminal.

 

Yachts in the marina at Blyth South Harbour.

Yachts in the marina at Blyth South Harbour.


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