Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The Sasebo Titan


A different wheeled device from the usual fare on this blog. I figured though if you're into old motorcycles and bicycles you've probably got an appreciation for other old tat...

My seafaring has taken me to Japan regularly of late and I've spent a little while in the port city of Sasebo. The Naval yard in Sasebo was founded in 1886 and quickly grew to become one of the Japanese Navy's most important bases. Sasebo is on the Southern Island of Kyushu in the Nagasaki Prefecture.

The aforementioned 'Titan' is a giant crane situated in the SSK Shipyard in Sasebo. SSK occupies the site of the former Imperial Navy Arsenal and was founded in 1946. The US Navy is also resident in the yard and carries a strong presence.

Something I find wonderful in Japan is that useful items are preserved and kept in use, there is little modernisation for the sake of it. The Titan dates from 1913 and was built in Scotland. It is the oldest and one of the largest cranes on site but amongst its fellows there are several that are more than 80 years old and still in use.

There is a fascinating story behind the Titan. I'm a firm believer that if a tale has already been well told then there's little point in paraphrasing it so if you would like to further your knowledge of the Titan I would suggest taking a look here:

Tuesday, December 20, 2022


In the bleak mid-winter here are some pictures from the brilliant Dreamland theme park at Margate on a scorching day last summer. These wonderfully restored motorcycles and scoots are on the Double Decker ride. On the upper level of the Double Decker are rocket ships and the lower can be swapped out between Austin J40 cars and the pictured two wheelers.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Great Dorset Steam Fair 2022 pt1

Some pictures from a lengthy meander around The Great Dorset Steam Fair way back in August when the sun was blazing.

The majority of the pictures in this post are from the World War 1 display area, always a poignant and impressive display. If you have never been the Steam Fair is well worth a visit though it's having a fallow year in 2023. Set the August Bank Holiday in your diary for 2024...

What it's all about. Steam engines. Lots of them.

Model T Ford in the WW1 display area.

Triumph despatch rider bikes.

'Trusty' Triumph Model H.

Veteran era Triumph in the WW1 display.

And another Model H.

From the 'Blitz' display area.

And finally for now, always a favourite of mine,
the road building camp.