The photograph could have been taken anywhere
they forged the Royal Navy’s anchor chains –
Dudley, Newcastle, Ponypridd or here
in Saltney, Chester, reclaimed marshland
near the river. Wherever the Sea Lords chose
to give the contract the chain makers
and their families moved – like funfair folk
or circus people – if they were able.
There are thirteen men in the picture – a shift
about to go on judging by the spotless
faces, arms and hands.