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Prehistoric Canoe

Prehistoric Canoe

Several blind children and their teacher are sitting in the prehistoric dug out canoe. The canoe was discovered in the River Wear at South Hylton in 1888. ..Photograph taken at Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery... More

River Wear Bridges

River Wear Bridges

Blind visitors to Sunderland Museum, examining models of the old and new bridge across the river Wear...“To them, their fingers are eyes”..From 1913, John Alfred Charlton Deas, a former curator at Sunderland Mu... More

Cox Green, Washington, England

Cox Green, Washington, England

View of Cox Green, Washington from across the River Wear, May 1965 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/36063V)...2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Washington New Town. It was officially established on 24 July... More

Newall's Insulation and Chemical Company, Washington

Newall's Insulation and Chemical Company, Washington

View of Newalls Insulation and Chemical Works from across the River Wear, May 1965 (TWAM ref. 5417/461/1)...2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Washington New Town. It was officially established ... More

Victoria Bridge, Washington, England

Victoria Bridge, Washington, England

View of the riverside area near the Victoria Bridge, Washington, May 1965 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/36063EE)...2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Washington New Town. It was officially established on ... More

Launch of the SD14 'Syrie'

Launch of the SD14 'Syrie'

Launch of the SD14 ‘Syrie’ from the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, 14 February 1968 (DT.TUR/4/AG3727A)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderland shipb... More

The cargo ship 'Eastern Glory' after launch

The cargo ship 'Eastern Glory' after launch

The cargo ship ‘Eastern Glory’ waiting to be towed to the fitting out quay after launch from the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, 12 April 1949 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/660/4/1)...Tyne & Wear A... More

Launch of the cargo ship 'Houston City'

Launch of the cargo ship 'Houston City'

View of the cargo ship ‘Houston City’ afloat on the River Wear after launch from the East Yard of William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Pallion, 18 July 1962 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/AG2112L)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud t... More

'Eastern Glory' on the River Wear

'Eastern Glory' on the River Wear

View of the cargo ship ‘Eastern Glory’ under tow on the River Wear after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, 12 April 1949 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/660/4/3)...Tyne & Wear Archives is... More

'Scottish Trader ' ready for launch

'Scottish Trader ' ready for launch

View of the bulk carrier ‘Scottish Trader’ ready for launch at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, 6 December 1961 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/AG1873A)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selec... More

The 'Iron Ore' ready for launch

The 'Iron Ore' ready for launch

Aerial view of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd and the surrounding area, 8 July 1959 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/22435B). The image shows the ore carrier ‘Iron Ore’ ready for launch...Tyne & Wear Archive... More

Launch party of the passenger and cargo ship 'Timor'

Launch party of the passenger and cargo ship 'Timor'

Launch party of the ‘Timor’, with the ship afloat behind them at the South Dock shipyard of Bartram & Sons, 2 May 1950 (TWAM ref. (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4713AA)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selectio... More

Launch of the 'Timor' at Bartrams shipyard

Launch of the 'Timor' at Bartrams shipyard

Passenger and cargo ship ‘Timor’ sliding down the ways at the South Dock shipyard of Bartram & Sons, 2 May 1950 (TWAM ref. (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4713T)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of ima... More

Three Sunderland-built ships on the River Wear

Three Sunderland-built ships on the River Wear

The cargo ship ‘Harpagus’ being towed to the fitting out quay after launch by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, 24 September 1957 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/1/823/3/4)...The image also shows the cargo ship ‘Errington Cou... More

'North Cornwall' ready for launch at Bartrams shipyard

'North Cornwall' ready for launch at Bartrams shipyard

Cargo ship ‘North Cornwall’ ready for launch at the shipyard of Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland, 18 May 1954 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/11685A)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of image... More

Launch of the 'Orient City' at night

Launch of the 'Orient City' at night

Bulk carrier ‘Orient City’ ready for launch at the Deptford Yard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 25 November 1976 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/4/5)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from ... More

A Winter scene on the River Wear

A Winter scene on the River Wear

Cargo ship ‘Tosca’ under tow on the River Wear after launch by Bartram & Sons Ltd, December 1952 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/9167G)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderland s... More

Aerial view of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd

Aerial view of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd

Aerial photograph of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, early May 1960 (TWAM ref. 3396/24229B). This shows the cargo ship ‘Willowbank’ in the foreground being fitted out, shortly after her launch o... More

The tug boat 'Seaburn' towing the 'Tanea'

The tug boat 'Seaburn' towing the 'Tanea'

View of the tanker ‘Tanea’ being towed by a paddle tug ‘Seaburn’ after launch by John Crown & Sons Ltd, 17 May 1950 (TWAM ref. DS.CR/4/PH/1/231/4)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images... More

Cargo ship 'Miss Chandris' ready for launch

Cargo ship 'Miss Chandris' ready for launch

View of the cargo ship ‘Miss Chandris’ ready for launch at the shipyard of William Doxford & Sons, Pallion, 11 March 1959 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/1/830/2/1)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection ... More

'Aghios Nicolaos' is launched by William Doxford & Sons

'Aghios Nicolaos' is launched by William Doxford & Sons

View of the shipyard of William Doxford & Sons Ltd, showing the launch of the cargo ship ‘Aghios Nicolaos', while the ‘Dona Evgenia’ is completed at the fitting out quay, 11 October 1954 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/... More

'Kosmaj' afloat after launch

'Kosmaj' afloat after launch

‘Kosmaj’ afloat after launch by Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd and the North Sands shipyard, 18 August 1977 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/2/7). The shipyard did a remarkable job of replacing the bottom structure of the ... More

'Kosmaj' slides into the River Wear

'Kosmaj' slides into the River Wear

‘Kosmaj’ slides down the slipway into the River Wear at the North Sands shipyard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 18 August 1977 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/2/7). The shipyard did a remarkable job of replacing the b... More

Launch party of the 'Kosmaj'

Launch party of the 'Kosmaj'

View of the launch party of the ‘Kosmaj’, taken before her launch at the North Sands shipyard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 18 August 1977 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/2/7). She was built for Jugoslavenska Oceanska... More

Radiant II is launched into the River Wear

Radiant II is launched into the River Wear

Workers look on as the yacht Radiant II slides down the slipway into the River Wear at the Wear Dockyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, 29 March 1961 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/26431K)..For an image of her ready for lau... More

Tug boats towing Radiant II after launch

Tug boats towing Radiant II after launch

View of the River Wear showing the yacht ‘Radiant II’ under tow after launch from the Wear Dockyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, 29 March 1961 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/26431AA)..This set of images celebrates the 300... More

'Vishva Pallav' afloat after launch

'Vishva Pallav' afloat after launch

View of 'Vishva Pallav' afloat on the River Wear after launch at the Deptford Yard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 3 March 1980 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/3/11)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selectio... More

'Melete' ready for launch

'Melete' ready for launch

Crowds gather as the 'Melete' is prepared for launch at at the Deptford Yard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 25 April 1975 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/4/3)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of im... More

Towing the aftpart of the 'Rondefjell'

Towing the aftpart of the 'Rondefjell'

Towing the aftpart of the tanker ‘Rondefjell’ away after launch, 1951 (TWAM ref. DS.CR/4/PH/1/233/2/6). The vessel was launched in two halves by John Crown & Sons Ltd and then joined together on the River Tyne.... More

'Borgsten' is launched into the River Wear

'Borgsten' is launched into the River Wear

Launch of the tanker ‘Borgsten’, built by J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, 1 November 1963 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/709/3/3)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunde... More

Naming ceremony of the 'Naess Crusader'

Naming ceremony of the 'Naess Crusader'

Guest arriving on board the 'Naess Crusader' for the naming ceremony, June 1973. She was launched in December 1972 at North Sands, Sunderland (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/2/5)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to presen... More

'Nordic Chieftain' sliding down the ways

'Nordic Chieftain' sliding down the ways

Launch of the bulk carrier 'Nordic Chieftain' at the North Sands Yard, Sunderland, 5 April 1974 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/732/1/1)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderl... More

Launch of half the 'Vardefjell'

Launch of half the 'Vardefjell'

Launch of the forepart of the ‘Vardefjell’ by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, 27 March 1944. This was later joined to the salvaged aft part on the River Tyne. The original forepart was lost at sea in December 1942,... More

Launch of the SD14 'Degedo'

Launch of the SD14 'Degedo'

View of the SD14 cargo ship 'Degedo' afloat on the River Wear after launch by Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, September 1968 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/AG3980B)..Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of image... More

Princess Elizabeth in Sunderland

Princess Elizabeth in Sunderland

Princess Elizabeth watching the tanker ‘British Princess’ sliding down the ways at the shipyard of Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Deptford, Sunderland, 30 April 1946 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/4/1)...Tyne & Wear Archiv... More

Sponsor launches an Empire ship

Sponsor launches an Empire ship

Sponsor preparing to launch the tanker ‘Empire Coral’ built by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, 11 February 1941 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/3/2)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of image... More

Crowds at the launch of the 'British Princess'

Crowds at the launch of the 'British Princess'

Crowds look on during the launch of the tanker ‘British Princess’ built by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Deptford, Sunderland, 30 April 1946 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/4/1)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a... More

Launch of the 'Needles'

Launch of the 'Needles'

View of the 'Needles' afloat on the River Wear after launch at the shipyard of William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd 5 February 1958 (TWAM ref. DS.WP/4/PH/1/355/1)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selectio... More

The glamour of the ship launch

The glamour of the ship launch

The sponsor prepares to launch the 'Montcalm' at the shipyard of William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, 15 March 1960 (TWAM ref. DT .TUR/2/23847FF)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of ima... More

Chocks away

Chocks away

Knocking out the chocks before the launch of the tanker ‘Andwi’, built by John Crown & Sons Ltd, 4 June 1954 (TWAM ref. DS.CR/4/PH/1/237/1)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from ... More

HMS Opal on the slipway

HMS Opal on the slipway

First World War torpedo boat destroyer HMS Opal, is prepared for launch at the East Yard of William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, September 1915 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/6/8). She was an M-class destroyer and took p... More

HMS Opal afloat on the River Wear

HMS Opal afloat on the River Wear

View of the First World War torpedo boat destoyer HMS Opal, launched by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, September 1915 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/6/8)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from it... More

Launch of the ferry ‘Superflex Bravo’

Launch of the ferry ‘Superflex Bravo’

View of the roll-on / roll-off ferry ‘Superflex Bravo’ after its launch by North East Shipbuilders, Southwick Yard, 10 August 1987 (TWAM ref. DS.NES/4/PH/1/1)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a select... More

Launch of the 'Eidanger'

Launch of the 'Eidanger'

View of the tanker ‘Eidanger’ afloat on the River Wear after launch, built by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, 1 July 1938 (TWAM ref. DS.LG/4/PH/3/1 pg23)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of im... More

'City of Manchester' on the River Wear

'City of Manchester' on the River Wear

The cargo ship ‘City of Manchester’ being towed on the River Wear after launch by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, 9 August 1949 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/662/3/3)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a ... More

Early view of barque launched on the River Wear

Early view of barque launched on the River Wear

Launch of the barque ‘Vencedora’ built by Robert Thompson & Sons, North Sands, April 1860 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/70)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderland shipbu... More

Crowd gathers for launch

Crowd gathers for launch

View of the cargo ship ‘Ruddbank’ ready for launch at the Deptford shipyard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 1 November 1978 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/1/906/1/2)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selecti... More

Young sponsor prepares to launch ship

Young sponsor prepares to launch ship

View of the sponsor ready to launch the cargo ship ‘Miss Chandris’, built by William Doxford & Sons, Pallion, 11 March 1959 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/1/830/1/3). The young girl in the picture is Eugenia Chandris, ... More

The Eastern Rover and the Eastern Ranger

The Eastern Rover and the Eastern Ranger

This photograph shows a view of the cargo ship 'Eastern Rover' ready for launch, taken through the shell plates of her sister ship ‘Eastern Ranger’, built by J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland, 2... More

Launch of the cargo ship 'Troutpool'

Launch of the cargo ship 'Troutpool'

View of the cargo ship ‘Troutpool’ afloat on the River Wear after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 19 August 1955 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/683/3/1)...This set celebrates th... More

'Chinese Prince' on the River Wear

'Chinese Prince' on the River Wear

View of the cargo ship 'Chinese Prince' under tow on the River Wear, built by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, October 1943 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/625/2)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous... More

Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard

Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard

Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 26 May 1959 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/22169B). The image appears to show the shipyard's new pre-fabrication shed under construction. Work i... More

Launch party of the cargo ship 'Eastern Rover'

Launch party of the cargo ship 'Eastern Rover'

Launch party of the cargo ship ‘Eastern Rover’ at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 28 July 1961 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/706/1/4). The image also shows the shell plates of her sister... More

Launch of the tanker 'Esso Caernarvon'

Launch of the tanker 'Esso Caernarvon'

View of the tanker ‘Esso Caernarvon’ sliding down the ways at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 30 May 1962 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/710/3/2). The image also shows shipyard workers ... More

A River Wear scene

A River Wear scene

The tanker ‘British Rose’ at the fitting out quay, while the tugboat Wexford passes by, 10 October 1946 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/5/3/8). 'British Rose' was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons,... More

Painting the tanker 'Borgsten'

Painting the tanker 'Borgsten'

View of the tanker 'Borgsten' being painted shortly before her launch from the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, October 1963 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/32384A)...This set celebrates the achievements of th... More

Deck view on the 'Hoegh Ranger'

Deck view on the 'Hoegh Ranger'

Deck view on the tanker 'Hoegh Ranger' fitting out at Manor Quay, October 1952 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/673/5/1). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland on 23 May 1952. ... More

The tanker 'Atheltemplar' on the River Wear

The tanker 'Atheltemplar' on the River Wear

View of the tanker ‘Atheltemplar’ afloat after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 19 June 1951 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/670/4)...This set celebrates the achievements of the f... More

An engine room debate on 'Galeomma'

An engine room debate on 'Galeomma'

A debate in the engine room during speed trials of the tanker ‘Galeomma’, built by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, Sunderland, May 1946 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/643/1/6)...This set celebrates the achievement... More

Launch of the tanker 'Trident'

Launch of the tanker 'Trident'

View of the tanker 'Trident' sliding down the slipway at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, 18 September 1967 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/721/2/1)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famou... More

Launch of 'G.M. Livanos' at the North Sands shipyard

Launch of 'G.M. Livanos' at the North Sands shipyard

Launch of the bulk carrier 'G.M. Livanos' at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, 26 April 1968 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/723/2/1)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shi... More

The tanker 'Daphnella' under tow on the River Wear

The tanker 'Daphnella' under tow on the River Wear

View of the tanker ‘Daphnella’ under tow after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 8 December 1965 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/716/2/3)...This set of images celebrates the 300th... More

Ships on the River Wear, Sunderland, England

Ships on the River Wear, Sunderland, England

View of 'Coogee' and ‘Ruysdael’ built by J.L. Thompson & Sons alongside each other at Manor Quay, Sunderland, c1888 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/224/2/2)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderl... More

North Sands shipyard, Sunderland, 1950

North Sands shipyard, Sunderland, 1950

Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, May 1950 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4760D)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thomp... More

The wheelhouse on 'Nicola'

The wheelhouse on 'Nicola'

View of wheelhouse on ‘Nicola’ the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill at the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732H)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of... More

'Nicola's engine room

'Nicola's engine room

Inside the engine room on ‘Nicola’ the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732B)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Su... More

The crew's messroom on 'Nicola'

The crew's messroom on 'Nicola'

View of crew’s messroom on ‘Nicola’ the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill at the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732R)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long li... More

Deck view on 'Nicola'

Deck view on 'Nicola'

Deck view looking aft on ‘Nicola’ the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, February 1968 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732F)....This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standard ships des... More

Stern quarter view of 'Nicola' on sea trials

Stern quarter view of 'Nicola' on sea trials

Starboard stern quarter view of ‘Nicola’ on sea trials, 13 February 1968 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/52228D). She was launched at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, 29 December 1967 ..This set... More

Bow quarter view of 'Nicola' on sea trials

Bow quarter view of 'Nicola' on sea trials

Starboard bow quarter view of ‘Nicola’ on sea trials, 13 February 1968 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/52228C). She was launched at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, 29 December 1967 ..This set ce... More

Launch of 'Nicola' onto the River Wear

Launch of 'Nicola' onto the River Wear

View of the first SD14 'Nicola' as she is launched at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, 29 December 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/AG3684C)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a... More

Preparing to launch 'Nicola' at the Southwick shipyard

Preparing to launch 'Nicola' at the Southwick shipyard

A young sponsor prepares to launch 'Nicola' at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, 29 December 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/52036L)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standa... More

'Nicola' getting a coat of paint

'Nicola' getting a coat of paint

View of ‘Nicola’ shortly before launch from the Southwick yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, mid December 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/52047B). She's getting a coat of paint and you can now see her name...This set c... More

Wintry scene at the Southwick shipyard

Wintry scene at the Southwick shipyard

Winter scene as ‘Nicola’, nears completion, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, 11 December 1967 (TWAM ref. 3396/51969 A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line... More

View of 'Nicola' after two months' work

View of 'Nicola' after two months' work

Progress shot of ‘Nicola’ two months after construction work started, 4 December 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51926A). She was the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, at their Southwick yard, Sunderland... More

Work progressing with 'Nicola'

Work progressing with 'Nicola'

Progress shot of ‘Nicola’ the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick Yard, 27 November 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51879A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standar... More

'Nicola's stern frame in place

'Nicola's stern frame in place

Stern frame in place on ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 20 November 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51857A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standard ships ... More

Moving 'Nicola's stern frame into position

Moving 'Nicola's stern frame into position

Stern frame being manoeuvred into position on ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 13 November 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51828A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long l... More

Bulkhead in position on 'Nicola'

Bulkhead in position on 'Nicola'

A bulkhead in position on ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 30 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51723A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standard ships... More

'Nicola' and 'Sygna' under construction at the Southwick yard

'Nicola' and 'Sygna' under construction at the Southwick yard

Aerial photograph of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, 11 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51618A). ..As well as showing 'Nicola' in the early stages of construction this image also shows the two ... More

Double bottoms near completion

Double bottoms near completion

Double bottoms near completion of ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 23 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51703B)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line of standa... More

Double bottoms of the first SD14

Double bottoms of the first SD14

View of the double bottoms of ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick Yard, 16 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51644A)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long li... More

Aerial view of 'Nicola' under construction

Aerial view of 'Nicola' under construction

Aerial photograph of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, showing vessels under construction, including the ‘Nicola’, 11 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51618E)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, t... More

Aerial view of the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland

Aerial view of the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland

Aerial photograph of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, showing vessels under construction, including ‘Nicola’, 11 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51618B)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the f... More

Bottom shell of 'Nicola'

Bottom shell of 'Nicola'

View of the bottom shell of ‘Nicola’, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick Yard, 9 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51598)...This set celebrates the ‘Nicola’, the first in a long line o... More

The tanker 'Gomphina' under tow on the River Wear

The tanker 'Gomphina' under tow on the River Wear

View of the tanker ‘Gomphina' being towed by the tugboat ‘President’ after launch from the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, 14 October 1947 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/876B)...Tyne & Wear Archives is p... More

Cargo ship 'Finix' ready for launch

Cargo ship 'Finix' ready for launch

Bow view of the cargo ship 'Finix' ready for launch at the Pallion Yard of the Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland, 18 April 1969 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/4222B)...Tyne & Wear Archives... More

Preparing Inishowen Head for launch

Preparing Inishowen Head for launch

View of the cargo ship 'Inishowen Head' being prepared for launch at the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, Sunderland, 19 January 1965 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/2731A)...Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to... More

'Gomphina' and 'Hemsefjell' at Manor Quay, Sunderland

'Gomphina' and 'Hemsefjell' at Manor Quay, Sunderland

View of the tanker ‘Gomphina’ and the cargo ship ‘Hemsefjell’ at Manor Quay, March 1948 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/655/1/4). 'Gomphina' was launched by J.L. Thompson & Sons at North Sands on 14 October 1947...Th... More

Launch of the tanker 'Busiris'

Launch of the tanker 'Busiris'

The tanker ‘Busiris’ sliding down the ways at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 4 October 1960 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/698/3/3)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous S... More

Deck view on the tanker 'Aluco'

Deck view on the tanker 'Aluco'

Deck view on the tanker ‘Aluco’, October 1959 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/695/10/2). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland on 23 April 1959...This set celebrates the achi... More

Launch of the tanker 'British Venture'

Launch of the tanker 'British Venture'

Shipyard workers watch the tanker ‘British Venture’ entering the River Wear after launch by J.L. Thompson & Sons, 21 May 1948 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/656/3/4)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famo... More

The cargo ship 'Silverlaurel' afloat after launch

The cargo ship 'Silverlaurel' afloat after launch

View of the cargo ship ‘Silverlaurel’ under tow on the River Wear after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, 30 June 1950 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/668/4/3). She was renamed ‘Teucer’ prior... More

'Iron Endeavour' afloat after launch

'Iron Endeavour' afloat after launch

The bulk carrier ‘Iron Endeavour’ afloat after launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, 24 October 1968 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/724/2)...This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Su... More

Launch of the tanker 'Spinanger'

Launch of the tanker 'Spinanger'

View of the tanker ‘Spinanger’ entering the River Wear after launch from the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 22 October 1957 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/694/3/3). The launch of 'Spinanger... More

The tanker 'Spinanger' ready for launch

The tanker 'Spinanger' ready for launch

View of the tanker ‘Spinanger’ ready for launch at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 22 October 1957 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/694/2/2). The launch of 'Spinanger' was unusual in that ... More

Southwick Shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd

Southwick Shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd

Aerial view of the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland looking down the River Wear, May 1965 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/36078A)...This set of aerial images is intended as a short historical tour of ... More

Steel & Co. Ltd and the shipyard of Short Brothers

Steel & Co. Ltd and the shipyard of Short Brothers

Aerial view of the factory of Steel & Co. Ltd and the shipyard of Short Brothers, Pallion, Sunderland, May 1950 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4734E). Steel & Co. produced a variety of engineering products, most notably C... More

Greenwell's Dry Docks, Sunderland

Greenwell's Dry Docks, Sunderland

Aerial view of the dry docks and ship repairing yard of T.W. Greenwell & Company Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland, March 1962 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/28690C)...This set of aerial images is intended as a short historical... More

Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland

Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland

Aerial view of the Southwick shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, September 1961 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/27304A). The cargo ship 'Torr Head' can be seen in the foreground at the firm's fitting out quay. In... More

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