SOLTIN (7203699), Denmark, 805gt,
completed Rendsburg 3-1972 1972 ODABO - 81 UNICORN ODABO - 91 MARIA
99 MARIA SOLTIN
The "veteran" of the week! Seen previously as ODABO and MARIA THERESA.
9.08am, and now we can go for breakfast!
My views of her while ODABO remind me just how much the geography of my
own River Tees has changed over the years .... and also how much
technology has improved!
Colour version and same view in greyscale showing funnel markings,
obviously differing for those originally bestowed.
Taken during my first ever trip on the Manchester Ship Canal on 6
It would appear the ODABO, then two year old, was entering the Canal
Cut on 11 November 1979 My notebook for this sighting
merely said "Tees" which could be anywhere on the river other than a
specific dock. When scanned the print confirmed the location with the
tug station on the extreme left.The enlargement, from about a quarter of
the negative width is not too bad considering. I had to think back 30 years as
to why I could not get a closer view. She appears to be actually
laid-by on the OME (Owners of the Mdidlesbrough Estate) Wharf. Ahead of
her was South Wharf, but I cannot now recall if that was already then
in commission for the small tanker trade (somebody will no doubt tell
me!). At one time it was possible to walk along Dock Point opposite
(where the old Harbour Office used to be) but by 1979, less than a year
before Middlesbrough Dock was to close, the site had been taken over
by, I think, Whessoe initially, with other owners subsequently. The other reason I could not get a
closer view is that this was taken in what I call my pre-telephoto
days! I was still around a year away from getting a better quality 35mm
camera, and it was another year after that before I purchased a zoom
lens, which would have brought this view to full frame size. My "new"
digital camera would simply swallow it! The location shown is now the
site of Middlesbrough FC Riverside stadium!