The Last Blow
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The last blow, No. 2 converter
40 years since these two 25 ton vessels replaced three 16 ton vessels.
The end of a century of
steelmaking in Workington.
Both retired and current
employees came to witness the last blow. This view was taken from a
gantry outside the blower's box affording a view down the casting shop.
The C hooks of the casting crane await the last heat of steel while
the stripper crane lurks at the far end of the bay.
The carbon flame of the
last blow lights up a sea of sad, thoughtful faces. Many tears were
shed this day.