Gas Storage Vessel

Canvey c1930s

Gas storage vessel being built on Canvey in the 1930s. Thanks to Tom for sending it to me.

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  • Re:the 1930’s gas storage vessel. Up until the 1940’s we called it simply “the Gas Ball”,however,in the 1940’s another pressure vessel (sausage shaped) was built alongside it-as a pupil at Long Road Primary School I remember seeing it being built from the school playing field,and ,of course,it now became “The Sausage & Onion”!(Both now demolished).

    By Ian Newman (28/07/2013)
  • When I worked as an apprenticed gas fitter on Canvey, from 1949 to 1953, the “Ball and Sausage”belonged to The Gas Light and Coke Company, later called North Thames Gas Board. They were part of the system that received Manufactured Coal gas from London which was stored in those tanks until it was delivered into the underground gas grid on Canvey and supplied gas to hundreds of homes and businisses. During the flood, the pressure in the grid system was maintained making it possible to locate and document leaks.

    By Gerald Hudson (17/01/2014)
  • The Gas Light and Coke Company installed the spherical gas holder in 1937. [Ref: The Times, 26 June 1937]

    By Martin Lepley (28/02/2018)

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