Created by NDM
Donated by Hartlepool Museum Service
On February 21st 1962 there was a serious accident when the boiler of the 17,000 ton ship Haranger blew up in Graythorp dockyard. Two men were killed, Frederick Longstaff, 67, of Central Estate and father of six George Douglas, 41, of Macrae Rd Owton Manor. Many were badly injured and the image shows one of the ambulances taking casualties to Hartlepool Hospital. The ship can be seen in the background.
In 1971, John Laing took over the disused William Gray Shipyard at Graythorp and offshore oil rigs were built on the site. The site is now owned by Able UK and fairly recently was known for the infamous 'ghost ships' which were dismantled there.
The Nuclear Power Station can be seen in the background.
Site workers at Laing Offshore, Graythorp, Hartlepool in the 1970s. In 1978 two American Hoist Revolver 509 cranes were sold and removed from the site by ship/barge; one went to Rotterdam to be installed on on a floating crane barge which then went to the Gulf of Mexico. The steel structures which the cranes sat on remained at the Laing site.