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Old 26th May 2020, 20:04
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Help identifying 1930s embarkation point please

Hi! I am researching a scrap/photo album that belonged to a chap who served on the HMS Norfolk (78) in the 1930's. In the album are some photos, taken from a boat, of an embarkation point, with "Furness Lines" on a board in the background. I think this will be in the UK and am wondering if anyone recognises the place in the photos, please? I think they are all of the same place but can't be sure!Thank you!⁶
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Old 27th May 2020, 08:44
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Greetings Nahameb and welcome to SH. Bon voyage.
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Old 27th May 2020, 11:06
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First pic - clapboard sidings, flattish felt roofing, piles over water.
Does not look at all British to me - more North American.
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Old 27th May 2020, 11:21
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Thank you! That is very helpful - I shall widen my search!
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Here is a dodgy enhancement of the fourth photo (above) in case it jogs anyone's memory.
The first three are too small for me to enhance.
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The tug in the foreground looks North American.
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Old 31st May 2020, 08:50
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Here is a dodgy enhancement of the fourth photo (above) in case it jogs anyone's memory.
The first three are too small for me to enhance.
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Thank you! The originals are very tiny - about 2"x 3".
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The tug in the foreground looks North American.
Thank you for the information. Much appreciated
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Old 31st May 2020, 11:41
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Will enhance the others shortly.
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One more of the pics.
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The third image.
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The third image.
Thank you so much for doing those. Very kind.
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Old 31st May 2020, 11:58
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The last one.
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Old 31st May 2020, 12:26
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These two in the second image are actually fenders hanging over the quay side. They are bundled branches. Wonder where they had these in the early days.
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The fenders are faggot (or fagot) fenders. - That fits with the type of building construction, using local available materials as much as possible.
The more I come back to this the more I think St John's Newfoundland.
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Old 31st May 2020, 14:34
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The fenders are faggot (or fagot) fenders. - That fits with the type of building construction, using local available materials as much as possible.
The more I come back to this the more I think St John's Newfoundland.
You could be right. The building on the hill in the fourth image could be the one in this one.
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Old 31st May 2020, 14:39
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Flat roofed buildings look similar.
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Old 31st May 2020, 14:46
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Similar to those in the first image.
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Old 31st May 2020, 14:54
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If you look at the domed building in the last image. It looks much like the one in this image. On second thoughts not so much.
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Old 31st May 2020, 15:23
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The building shapes are known as 'salt box' with the high pitch or 'biscuit box' with the low pitch.
The mix is found in various places; Newfoundland, North California,Patagonia, among others.
As we are talking British ship it would be logical to be found 'somewhere in the Empire' and Furness Withy did trade in Newfoundland.
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