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Name: Pontoon Hospital
Type: Floating isolation hospital
Launched: 02/08/1886
Completed: 02/08/1886
Builder: Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd
Yard: Bill Quay
Yard Number: 3
Dimensions: 140.0 x 70.0 x 6.0ft
Engines: Non-propelled
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: n/a
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: n/a
History:
1886 River Tyne Port Sanitary Authority
1930 Broken up
Comments: 02/08/1886: Launched as a completed structure & towed to its berth at Jarrow Slake
The base consisted of 10 wrought-iron cylindrical pontoons,
each 72.0ft (long) x 6.0ft (diameter), with hemispherical ends
They were connected by 7 wrought-iron girders each 140.0ft (long) by 12.0ins (deep)
Cost of pontoon 8060, Three wards 2110, Dredging & Mooring 530.
Total cost of 5700 or 190 per bed.


Above photo copyright of South Tyneside Library

Docked for maintenance on Smith's Dock No 8 Pontoon. Photo courtesy of Terry Summerson

Being towed away for scrap. Photo copyright of South Tyneside Library