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    Folkestone, Kent.

    Various shots of the tower in Folkestone Harbour at low water. GV. Looking across Folkestone Harbour at low tide. Various shots of the tower with the water slowly rising around its base. More shots of the base of the tower being dismantled for it to be transported. Tower is to be transported to duchess.

    (Orig. Neg.)

    Date found in the old record - 25/07/1961.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:51:19:00 / 01:53:26:00
    UN 3594 J
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    UN 3594 J
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    Travel & Exploration Trade & Industry
    British towers Folkestone
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Comments (4)

  1. Paul Seward says

    This creation was popularly known as The Thing. Built at Folkestone, the nearest suitable construction site, to facilitate erection of the water outlet pipe at Dungeness A nuclear power station. The base weights were removed and then the whole edifice towed to site. So suggest altering Duchess in the caption to Dungeness!

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  3. David Lay says

    There is a similar tower/thing emerging in the inner harbour now, summer 2014 an artwork by artist Gabriel Lester, part of the Folkestone Triennial

  4. David Lay says

    From the Mcalpine site:
    We designed the intake structure at the seaward end of the cooling water inlet tunnel. Assembled off site, it was towed into position and secured to the seabed using a system of 43m tubular steel piles passed through tubular legs.

    In what at the time was an industry world record, a 400 tonne capacity rail-mounted Goliath crane was used within the reactor and turbine house areas to lift and position four reinforced concrete steam drum housings, each weighing 366 tonnes.

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