Dead Bod Dock, Capturing a bit of history.

Ain't no trains anymore - Looking down the path that the tracks used to follow. This was taken before the glow of dusk appeared.

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.

Old Docks -  A long exposure of the dusk colours at Dead Bod pier.
Old Docks – A long exposure of the dusk colours at Dead Bod pier.
Going, Going, Almost Gone... - Dead Bod Docks is almost completely gone.
Going, Going, Almost Gone… – Dead Bod Docks is almost gone.
Dusk Light - The scene which developed an all over glow from the setting sun whilst I was there.
Dusk Light – The scene which developed an all over glow from the setting sun whilst I was there.
Dead Bod Mono - Another long exposure capturing the movements in the clouds.
Dead Bod Mono – Another long exposure capturing the movements in the clouds.
Ain't no trains anymore - Looking down the path that the tracks used to follow. This was taken before the glow of dusk appeared.
Ain’t no trains anymore – Looking down the path that the tracks used to follow. This was taken before the glow of dusk appeared.

Some updated shots of Dead Bod, on a return visit.

Dead Bod Sun - Samsung NX1 - 50-200mm III
Dead Bod Sun – Samsung NX1 – 50-200mm III
Humber Sunrise - Samsung NX1 - 50-200mm III
Humber Sunrise – Samsung NX1 – 50-200mm III

2 thoughts on “Dead Bod Dock, Capturing a bit of history.

  • February 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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    fascinating piece of hull’s history

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