the Wet Dock
way to see the River Orwell is to travel in a
boat through the lock and past the Tolly
Cobbold brewery (more correctly 'Cobbold Brewery', of course as the
Tollemache and Cobbold companies did not amalgamate until 1957) to the
Note the rotting barge (close up in the lower part of the image)
beached in the river mud in front of the red brick flood defences.
lettering currently survives on the old – and at the time of
photographing (September 2011) sadly not brewing beer – Cobbold
On the West Bank terminal (to the west as you travel from the lock)
stands a single, large, blue crane bearing the lettering:
As far we
know this crane is non-functional...
[UPDATE 21.3.2014: "I have been
enjoying your site immensely, but thought I must set you correct on one
small point. You mention that you think that the crane on West Bank is
non-functional. This is not the case. There are two of these beasts on
the dock, and happily, are still in full working order. I've worked at
the port since 1992, and have seen both in action many, many times.
This is a great and fascinating site - keep up the good work! Best
regards, Ian Luck". Many thanks to
Ian for putting us right and for the positive comments.]
The lock into the Wet Dock is itself lettered with huge, solid,
rivetted cast iron parts bearing the name 'RANSOMES & RAPIER LTD'.
These are best
seen from vessels within the lock.
See also our Ransomes page and Island site page for more information.
The Question Mark
Burton Son & Sanders / Paul's
Ground-level dockside furniture
island', the northern quays
John Good and Sons
New Cut East
R&W Paul malting
A chance to
Wet Dock 1970s with 2004
Wet Dock maps
illustration of the laying of the Wet Dock lock foundation stone,
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Historic Lettering site: Borin Van Loon
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