Dead Bod Dock, or Thelson Marine Oils wharf is an old and almost completely derelict wooden pier/jetty at Alexandria Docks, Hull. Its located between the old Victoria Docks and the still used King George and Queen Elizabeth Docks. Its primary use was to offload oil direct from ships that arrived on the Humber to trains, and at the moment you can still see the twisted rail tracks running next to the sheds. Now you can no longer safely get over to the jetty and sheds but in the past people have, it seems to have been a popular urbex location. It was run by Thelson Marine Oils, and from what I can tell must have been in use before the 1940’s.
I decided that due to the fact it is now due to be completely wiped off the face of the earth by a new development to capture some pictures whilst I still could. It is to make way for a new Siemens Offshore Wind Farm factory and Dock.
Why Dead Bod Dock/Jetty I hear you ask? Well here is the reason as far as I can tell from various research…
On the back of the sheds is a piece of graffiti of a dead bird, with the cation ‘Dead Bod’, painted during the 1960’s by Captain Len Rood(Pongo) and Chief Engineer Gordon Mason after a few jars in the local pubs. Legend has it that Associated British Ports officially recognised the piece as an orientation landmark for Humber shipping into Alexandra Dock. You can see a picture of said artwork here. ~ various
I didn’t have the best conditions when there, but this was what I captured.
Some updated shots of Dead Bod, on a return visit.