The Port of Goole :: Shared Description

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 cargoes 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).
by David Dixon

18 images use this description:

SE7423 : Goole Docks - entrance lock by Chris Allen
SE7423 : Steel Terminal Transit Shed, Goole Docks by David Dixon
SE7423 : Ship Dock, Goole by David Dixon
SE7422 : Goole Harbour, South Dock by David Dixon
SE7422 : Steel Terminal, Goole Barge Dock by David Dixon
SE7423 : The Church of St John the Evangelist and Aldam Dock, Goole by David Dixon
SE7423 : Public footpath and lock - Goole Docks by Chris Allen
SE7423 : Goole Docks, Lowther Bridge by David Dixon
SE7423 : West Dock Bridge, Goole by David Dixon
SE7423 : Coal Wagon Hoist, Railway Dock by David Dixon
SE7422 : Approaching Goole (South Dock) Bridge by David Dixon
SE7423 : Travelling Crane near the Steel Terminal at Goole Docks by David Dixon
SE7423 : Goole Docks, Ocean Lock by David Dixon
SE7422 : Goole Docks - entrance lock by Chris Allen
SE7422 : Boat Hoist Detail, Goole South Dock by David Dixon
SE7422 : Lighthouse and Hydraulic Accumulator Tower, Goole Docks by David Dixon
SE7423 : Stanhope Dock, Goole by David Dixon
SE7422 : The Preserved Tom Pudding Boat Hoist at Goole by David Dixon


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Created: Wed, 12 Jul 2017, Updated: Fri, 12 Apr 2019

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