G3NGD at Fleetwood
Fleetwood in the late Forties - early Fifties
replaced by a floating mooring; and the open air Swimming Pool before it was rebuilt as
Railway Station before it was demolished, and the 'Lunevale' Ferry Boat
the slipway at Knott End-on-Sea.
| There were three Ferry Boats at Fleetwood:
the Wyresdale - a Coal burner; the Lunevale
which burned Diesel Oil; and the Caldervale. The Caldervale was the smallest of the three
boats and was only used when very low tides were forecast, as she had a shallow draught.
She was birthed at anchor in the middle of the channel between Fleetwood and Knott End.
The Wyresdale and Lunevale were both birthed at the Ferry slipway. The Wyresdale was
used only at the peak of the holiday season, as it was the largest of the three boats.
The Ferry Boat 'Wyresdale' was a coal burner. My thanks to Dale Townend for sending me this photograph.
There was an explosion on the 'Wyresdale' on 12th April 1957.
Two men were killed and a third severely burned in an engine room
explosion aboard the Fleetwood Ferry Steamer Wyresdale.
One of the men killed was John Wright - Dale's father.
The third man died shortly after the accident.
The Ferry Boat 'LUNEVALE' approaching Fleetwood from Knott End
The Ferry Boat 'Caldervale' had a shallow draught.
The Isle of Man Boat heading for Fleetwood
Fleetwood in the Sixties
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD
This was G3NGD's home QTH (centre of photograph) where he made his first Amateur
Radio contact. It was made on Christmas Day 1958 with Granville Marshall G3JT
located at Thornton, near Blackpool. He was using a crystal controlled "single valve"
home constructed transmitter, transmitting on the 160 Metre band (1925KHz). His receiver was a Marconi M361 powered by a 2Volt accumulator, a 9V grid-bias battery and a
67.5V high tension dry cell. The Antenna was a 50 foot long wire.
Granville Hammond Marshall
Amateur Radio Callsign G3JT
The Radio Amateurs in Fleetwood at that time were Jim Woodhouse G4HH,
Albert Cryer G2BXL, George Lloyd G2BTX and Jack Meredith G8OY.
All these people had the 'Amateur Radio Spirit' - they were all very helpful
and only too pleased to help.
Of interest, the FIRST RADIO AMATEUR to operate from Fleetwood was
J. W. Archer, Call-sign G8TI (Bill). He eventually moved to Blackpool.
G3NGD first contacted him on 22nd February 1959 using Morse Code.
Bill confirmed that he was the First Radio Amateur to live at Fleetwood.
He lived at 138, Hatfield Avenue, Fleetwood, when first licensed.
Other Radio Amateurs at Fleetwood included:
G2MJ - R.T.Hunt, living at 36, Mersey Road, Fleetwood;
G4NW - Harold Wilkinson, living at 25, Warren Avenue South, Fleetwood;
both of which G3NGD never contacted via the radio or met in person.
All the above held their licences since before WWII., and were known
as Old timer's.
There is an organization called the Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association
of which G3NGD is proud to be a member. He is now classed as an
'Old timer' himself, as he has held his Amateur Radio Licence for over
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD A view to the East - the Marine Hall (top centre), and the Mount (top right)
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The Mount - the highest point and landmark of Fleetwood. The Hills on the Isle of Man can be seen at sunset in summer
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The mountains of the Lake District can be seen from "The Esplanade".
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The Marine Hall and Gardens as viewed from the Mount.
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The Lifeboat House and Slipway
The 'Lower Lighthouse' is
(The original 'Wyre Lighthouse' which
When the three lights are in-line,
|The Lower Lighthouse||Pharos Lighthouse|
|© Photo taken and processed by G3NGD.||Photo © G3NGD.|
The 'Wyre Lighthouse' base can be seen to the right of centre. It is now called 'Wyre Light'.
G3NGD can remember it being destroyed by fire in 1948. A photograph of the Lighthouse before the fire is shown below. The Navigation Light is now mounted on top of the iron structure.
As previously stated above, the three lights are in line with the channel.
The hills of the Lake District can be seen in the background and include: Scafell Pike 3,210ft,
Helvellyn 3,118ft and Skiddaw 3,054ft. The container ship is sailing from Heysham to Ireland.
The Nautical College Training Annex © Photo taken and processed by G3NGD
The Nautical College Training Annex is part of the Blackpool and Fylde College of Higher Education.
© Photo taken and processed by G3NGD
Fleetwood Pier in the 'sixties'. People spent their holidays at Fleetwood at this time - travelling
to Blackpool via Tram to enjoy the 'Shows' - it was convenient.
Today, people tend to go abroad for their enjoyment and Fleetwood is quiet.
In fact, G3NGD visited Fleetwood during the Bank Holiday, 2nd June 2003 and observed that
the Pier had been vandalized, all the 'Slot Machines' were in pieces on the floor, windows were
broken and a notice on the door stated that someone had applied for a license to use the building
for an alternative purpose. Although it was a very sunny and warm day, there were very few
people about. --- It was far from the Fleetwood that I knew in the 'sixties'!
Fleetwood Pier was destroyed by Fire in September 2008.
This is the second time that the Pier has been damaged by fire. I can remember as a Child, the Pier being on fire. The Cinema was completely destroyed, together with many Slot Machines. Children were seen picking up the pennies that had fallen from the burned out Slot Machines onto the sand beneath the Pier. I am sure that when the Pier eventually
re-opened, the children will have put the money they collected back into the Slot Machines.
© Photo taken and processed by G3NGD In the 'sixties' one could enjoy a Cliff Richard
Show at Blackpool for only 32½p
Did you know that Cliff Richard (Harry Webb) is a Radio Amateur? - His call-sign is W2JOF.
'Pharos Lighthouse' - September 2002.
Photo © G3NGD.
The 'Overhead Wires' are used to supply Power to the Fleetwood to Blackpool 'TRAM' service. This Photograph has been added because recently, 'Lighthouses' have become part of Amateur
Radio activities. On the weekend of 17/08/02, there was an 'International Lighthouse / Light Ship
Special Event' in which Radio Amateurs could make contact using Amateur Radio.
G3NGD personally made Radio Contact with TEN Lighthouses including a Lightship 'The Orwell'.
This ship used the Amateur Radio Call-sign GX4IRC/MM.
He had an interesting contact with Tony, at 'Loop Head Lighthouse' located on the Mouth of the
Shannon, in Ireland - (Call-sign EI7LHL).
Another contact was made with Marcel at 'Urk Lighthouse' in Holland - (Call-sign PA6URK/P).
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The Marine Boating Lake  viewing to the East
©Photo taken by G3ngd The Marine Boating Lake in the summer of 1965
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD Radio controlled Model Boat on the International Model Boat and Yacht Lake
©Photo taken and processed by G3NGD The C.E.G.B. Power Station as seen from the Mount.
The Generating equipment was built by The English ElectricCompany at their Willans Works in Rugby
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