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Belvedere Shipyard, Runcorn


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This is the Belvedere Yard in Runcorn: One of several ship and boat yards that have existed there.  This would be how she looked in the mid- to late- 1800s, beside the River Mersey (before the building of the Manchester Ship Canal).  The yard was quite a simple affair, having, from left to right: A shed, a hard-standing (with a barge currently occupying it, her mast folded), a building berth (with a two-masted schooner being built there and surrounded by stocks / scaffolding), and a patent slipway of 6 ways (occupied by a larger two-master).
I built this because I love the nautical history of my home town of Runcorn in Cheshire and a lot of my family worked in the ships and boats built in these local yards.
I believe this would make a good set as it is simple, using existing Lego bricks, and educational.  It also includes ships, and a lot of children love them (many of us don't grow out of that, either...).

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