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Mauretania Construction

Launch Party - Mauretania

HMS Ark Royal - Leaving the Tyne for the first time on trials 19th October 1984

HMS Ark Royal - Final sea trials - 13th April 1985

HMS Ark Royal - 16th March 1985

HMS Ark Royal - 27th April 1984

HMS Ark Royal - 30th January 1984

HMS Ark Royal - Launch - 20th JUNE 1981

HMS Ark Royal - 6th May 1981

HMS Ark Royal - 10th March 1981

HMS Ark Royal - under construction - 13th March 1979

HMS Ark Royal - 20th October 1980

HMS Ark Royal - 7th July 1980

HMS Ark Royal - Fitting out - 27th September 1983

The lighthouse

German Submarine, UB-110. Photograph Looking forward, showing four torpedo tubes

S.S. Franconia. First Class single berth state-room

Ferry Boat - Tyne c1900

Sailing Ship

Herring Boat - Gratti

Sea Trials - Mauretania

Dominion Monarch

Wearmouth Colliery - Coal Staithes

Prehistoric Canoe

Iron Ore Quay, Tyne Dock, 1962

Jarrow from above, 1973

Aerial view of South Shields, 1950

Ship repair yard of Brigham & Cowan, 1962

Stern view of HMS Kelly

HMS Jervis on sea trials

The tanker 'Tynefield' ready for launch

Launch of the SD14 'Syrie'

The cargo ship 'Eastern Glory' after launch

Launch of the cargo ship 'Houston City'

'Eastern Glory' on the River Wear

'Scottish Trader ' ready for launch

The 'Iron Ore' ready for launch

Three Sunderland-built ships on the River Wear

Aerial view of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd

The tug boat 'Seaburn' towing the 'Tanea'

Cargo ship 'Miss Chandris' ready for launch

'Aghios Nicolaos' is launched by William Doxford & Sons

'Kosmaj' afloat after launch

'Kosmaj' slides into the River Wear

Launch party of the 'Kosmaj'

'North Sands' afloat after launch

Launch of the tanker 'North Sands'

Radiant II is launched into the River Wear

Radiant II ready for launch

Tug boats towing Radiant II after launch

'Vishva Pallav' afloat after launch

'Melete' ready for launch

'Borgsten' is launched into the River Wear

'Nordic Chieftain' sliding down the ways

Launch of half the 'Vardefjell'

Launch of the SD14 'Degedo'

Princess Elizabeth in Sunderland

Crowds at the launch of the 'British Princess'

Launch of the 'Needles'

The glamour of the ship launch

Chocks away

HMS Opal on the slipway

Launch of the ferry ‘Superflex Bravo’

Launch of the 'Eidanger'

Early view of barque launched on the River Wear

Crowd gathers for launch

Young sponsor prepares to launch ship

A Rigger

Turret Ship


A Welder

The Oldest Workman

Welcome to their Majesties

HRH Prince Albert visits South Shields

Women working in the shipyard

Launch of the 'British Princess'

South Shields and the foreshore

South Shields and the foreshore

The Remains of HMS Kelly

HMS Kelly

Launching the Holyhead Ferry


The plates must be made perfectly flat

A shotblast machine

Monopol Bay

The launch of a Torpedo Cruiser

World Unicorn

Punching rivet holes at Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd

Welding at Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd

The Skeleton on a new ship at Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd

Working on a new ship at Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd

Steel Plating at Joseph L Thompson & Sons Ltd

U-Boat 110, the Torpedo Room showing an overhead arrangement

Launch of the cargo ship 'Troutpool'

'Chinese Prince' on the River Wear

The pre-fabrication shed, North Sands shipyard

Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard

Launch party of the cargo ship 'Eastern Rover'

Launch of the tanker 'Esso Caernarvon'

At work in a shipyard joiners' shop