Staiths


Staiths are elevated platforms for discharging coal and other materials from railway cars into collier ships for transport. From the mid 18th century onwards, many staiths were built on the Tyne, Wear and other rivers in the North East to transport coal, which came from the regions mines via an extensive network of waggonways. Wagons of coal were pulled by horses and later replaced by steam engines. A surviving example is Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne, which handled over 5 million tonnes of coal each year brought by rail from the Durham coalfields, and is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe. Before the use of staiths, coal had to be loaded onto wooden boots (keels), which took the coal out to the collier ships; in 1794 Tyneside keelmen went on strike against the use of staiths for loading coal.
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015104:Coal staithes on the Tyne c1840

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025264:A coal staith on the Rver Tyne

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Lambton Drops and Wear Bridge, Sunderland - 1968.

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Wear Bridges from the Lambton Drops, Sunderland - 1968

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Seaham Harbour Coal Drop

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General view of the construction work for the Seaham Harbour South Dock Expansion, 1925

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Dunston Staiths
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Dunston Staiths
- Overview About Dunston Staiths Timeline Map Street View "Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe, at its height, 5.5m tonnes of ...
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Dunston Staiths

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Lambton and Hetton Staiths tunnels, Sunderland - 1968

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Waggonways
- "In the early 1600s a Nottinghamshire businessman called Huntingdon Beaumont came to Northumberland and laid rails from collieries near Blyth to a shipping point on the coast. His waggonway used ...
Mining
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Mining
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025196:Staiths South Shields unknown c.1890

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Coal Staithes, Felling Shore
- "Coal was transported, on waggonways, from the collieries to the staithes. Earlier pits were situated near to the River Tyne as possible, so that coal could be carried easily to ...

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Jarrow Staithes

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Lemington Staiths and Lemington Gut
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Rivers
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Rivers
- Rivers have played an important role in shaping the development and identity of communities in the North East. Many settlements have grown up at locations near rivers, which provided essential ...
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North Blyth, Base of North Side Staithes

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Old jetties at Battleship Wharf, Blyth

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Coal Staithes

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North Blyth staithes 1971

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North Blyth staithes. 5.3.81

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Port Darlington Shipping Staithes, 1830

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Keelman
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Keelman
- Overview About Keelmen The Keelmen worked on keels, large wooden shallow-draught boats, which carried the coal from the river banks out to waiting collier ships. The keelmen working on the ...
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Image taken from page 306 of 'Second series. Chiefly in the Counties of Durham and Northumberland'

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Image taken from page 209 of 'The Local Historian's Table Book of remarkable occurrences, historical facts, traditions, legendary and descriptive ballads, connected with the Counties of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, and Durham. Historical Division.

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Derwenthaugh Staithes
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Derwenthaugh Staithes
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025210:Coal Staithes on the Tyne

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Coal Drops, Wallsend Colliery
- Image from TE. Forster, 'Historical notes on Wallsend Colliery', published 1898. Image is public domain (the author deceased over 70 years ago).

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Coal staithes in the South Docks, Sunderland

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Drop Machinery

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