Club Walk No 12, Royal Quays Marina, North Shields - Tuesday 11th August 2015.

     

The Royal Quays Marina at North Shields was the venue for Walk 12 on the summer programme. On Tuesday 11th
August 2015, ten members met at 350 berth marina that was created on the site of the then derelict Albert Edward
Dock. The quay walls and locks were restored and the marina, boatyard and housing complex have transformed the
area.
On arrival first view is of the Earl of Zetland, a floating bar and restaurant that occupies a prominent berth at the
East Quay. This vessel was launched in 1939 and delivered to the North of Scotland and Orkney and Shetland Steam
Navigation Company Ltd of Aberdeen and was used on the island ferry services from Lerwick to the northern Shetlands.
A fine evening saw members photographing some of the many different boats, reflections in the water and the working
lock and lock gates as boats entered and left the marina. Several items of public art can also be found by those with a
keen eye. Continuing around the marina in an anti clockwise direction our route took us past the boatyard and up into
Coble Dene Park before rejoining the promenade.

         

A new addition since our last visit in 2012 is Tern Island. A raft has been built to provide a summer home for the
colony of common terns that have been breeding at the marina for many years. With an inviting surface of crushed
shells the birds have moved to the floating island from there previous location next to the marina office where a new
development is planned. Also on view was the new fisheries patrol vessel that had been officially named St Aidan
earlier in the day by the Duchess of Northumberland.
Returning to our starting point, images were taken of Tyne Anew, a bright red metal sculpture by the artist Mark
di Suver and of a 33,000 tonne cargo vessel Isoldana that conveniently sailed past on the River Tyne.
Most of the group then ended our nautical evening by " splicing the mainbrace " aboard the Earl of Zetland .

Davy Bolam.