SE7422 : Lighthouse and Hydraulic Accumulator Tower, Goole Docks

taken 11 months ago, near to Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain

Lighthouse and Hydraulic Accumulator Tower, Goole Docks
Lighthouse and Hydraulic Accumulator Tower, Goole Docks
Two interesting features on the side of South Dock Basin as the Aire and Calder Navigation reaches Goole Docks.

The tall white structure is a disused and derelict, mid to late nineteenth century hydraulic accumulator tower built for the Aire and Calder Navigation. Standing about 15 metres tall, its interior contains the original hydraulic machinery and iron ladder. A weighted ram compressed water in the cylindrical tank occupying the lower half of the tower, and provided hydraulic power for the boat hoist and other machinery in the nearby South Dock. The accumulator tower is a Grade II listed building (List entry Number: 1310668 LinkExternal link Historic England).

The small, red “mini-lighthouse” looks appropriate for this site here but is not native to Goole. It has been relocated to here having been originally situated at Trent Falls where the Rivers Trent and Ouse meet. Dr Neil Clifton’s photo SE8623 : Trent Falls Light shows it in its original position in 1974. The exact date of the light's removal is not known, although it was definitely removed before 2003 and its replacement light does appear to be much older than that (LinkExternal link Worldwide Lighthouses). Today, the Trent Falls lighthouse, sometimes referred to as the Apex Light, is preserved at Goole; the wooden platform on which it stood is still in its original position at Trent Falls and hosts a more modern post-light atop it.
The Port of Goole :: SE7423
The Port of Goole developed once the canal had been constructed to transport coal from Knottingley in the northern sector of the coalfield in 1826. When the canal was completed, the Aire and Calder Navigation Company developed a new floating dock, capable of handling larger sea-going vessels. The town of Goole was built around the docks to house both the dock workers and visiting seamen. The town has grown from a community of about 450 people when Goole opened as a port on 20 July 1826, to its present size with a population of about 18,000 inhabitants

Three locks keep the water in 37 acres of floating docks at a constant depth of 6 metres (20 ft), by preventing the level from rising and falling with the tides in the River Ouse. Once ships are within the complex, eight docks provide a total quayside of 3 miles. Beside the docks are transit sheds where cargo is stored, many of which are equipped with overhead cranes.

For most of its life, the port was most associated with the shipment of coal, and associated cargoes including the importation of pit props. Goole's success as a port came from its ability to compete with the railways to export coal from the Humber. A major factor was the introduction, in 1863, of The “Tom Pudding” system of compartment boats LinkExternal link , which could carry around 40 long tons (41,000 kg) of coal. On reaching the docks, the barges were lifted by large hoists, from which they could be discharged directly into seagoing ships, a system which proved so successful that it competed against rail until 1985 (LinkExternal link Goole on the Web).

Following the decline of the coal industry, Goole has developed to handle a range of cargos such as dry bulks including animal feed, agribulks, biomass, cement, cereals, clay products, construction materials, scrap metal, solid fuel. Timber is predominantly imported from Russia and the Baltic States, Finland, and Sweden. Storage facilities are in operation at Barge Dock for the storage of imported Liquid bulks such as vegetable oils (LinkExternal link Associated British Ports).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 5 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
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Docks, Harbours 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 742 228 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:41.7987N 0:52.6333W
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