Originally owned by Lord Armstrong, this
was where large naval vessels were built after the yard at Elswick
was found to be on the wrong side of the swing bridge which was too
narrow to allow larger
ships to pass down the river.
The bigger 'hammerhead crane would be used to lift large heavy guns
into the warships at what was known locally as : 'The Naval Yard'.
The cranes are currently used to load
umbilicals manufactured on
site, for the oil and gas industry.