Dockyard horses head home for the weekend

Dockyard workers, Unicorn Gate, 1933
Dockyard workers, Unicorn Gate, 1933

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Not all Dockyard workers were of the two-legged variety – horses played a large part in getting the daily tasks done.

This picture shows a number of Dockyard Clydesdales being led away on a warm Friday evening in the August of 1933.

These beasts of burden were used regularly until well after the Second World War to undertake heavy pulling and heaving jobs in the ‘yard.

It was a hard life, but at least they did get a break at weekends.