NS3974 : Remains of a timber pond

taken 11 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Remains of a timber pond
Remains of a timber pond
The most obvious feature of this photograph is Dumbarton Rock. However, my object of interest when I took this photograph was the dark L-shaped feature that is visible on the shore, in the foreground, just below the centre of the picture.

There, a dark line leads directly out from the shore before making a sharp turn to the left. This feature is the remains of one end of an old timber pond (where timbers intended for shipbuilding were seasoned). The photograph was taken from the top of an embankment; for a different view, from the shore, see NS3974 : Remains of a timber pond.

That timber pond is not shown on the first-edition OS map (surveyed in 1860), but is depicted on the corresponding map from 1898; the south-western end of the timber pond, as shown on the map, exactly matches this dark feature in both position and shape.

When the timber pond was built, the shoreline ran roughly SW-NE; the timber pond extended for a distance of about 150 metres along the shore. Originally, it would probably have been outlined by wooden stakes (see Link for examples).

My photograph shows the line of its south-western end, leading out from the shore to a corner, from which point only a very short section of the long offshore side is now visible. Major changes to NS3974 : The shoreline at Sandpoint have obliterated any traces of the north-eastern end of the timber pond (in fact, the location of that end is now inland).

The last-cited link describes some old boatyards at Sandpoint. It is likely that the timber pond was associated with one of them; it is adjacent to the "Launch Building & Engineering Works" shown on the map of c.1918. The timber pond is included on OS maps of the 1920s, but is not shown after 1939; it is therefore not surprising that when this photograph was taken, more than 70 years later, there were only faint traces of it.

A rather different dark feature, NS3974 : Black Lair, can be seen further away, at the near side of the clear channel of water in front of Dumbarton Rock.
Remains of a timber pond

Only faint traces now remain of a late nineteenth-century timber pond that formerly extended for about 150 metres along the Clyde shore between Levengrove Park and Sandpoint.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 12 March, 2011
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine  Historic sites and artefacts  Coastal 
Landmark (from Tags)
Dumbarton Rock 
Ruin (from Tags)
Timber Pond 
Place (from Tags)
Timber ponds   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3958 7469 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.3047N 4:34.1939W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3953 7473
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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