Morts dock and engineering Co.
A few photo's I have dug up recently. The company started at this site in Balmain, then expanded, and built a much bigger graving dock at Woolwich.
All four of Sydney's pre 1945 dry docks were located within a few kilometres of each other, this one at Balmain, the two on Cockatoo island, and Morts second drydock at Woolwich. You can fit them all into a pretty detailed Google scene if you try.
All four can still be visited, though this one is now filled in and turned into a dog park, there is a memorial to the RAN ships built, and the cassion is still in place.
The company went bankrupt in the late 1950's, when the site was purchased, and turned into the first container port for the harbour, a use that has now passed too.
Balmain in the early days seems incredibly barren, with bare hills in the distance behind
the then new graving dock.
It didn't take long for things to expand, and the built environment quickly encroached
on the dockyard.
What it was all about, initially - the graving dock. The increasing size of ships in the
later half of the century quickly left the dock behind.
And the slipway, doing what slipways do, launch ships. When you visit today, it all seems a
bit cramped, and you wonder how they fit it all in.
Some of the infrastructure - electric cranes, men in a shed. They did a considerable amount
of general engineering too, including construction of locomotives.