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24 September 2014
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BUILDING THE BIG 'UN (1969/b&w/sound)
Video clip of "The Big 'Un" (Image: Shipyard worker)The Big 'Un
The building of one of the first 'supertankers' - the Esso Northumbria - on the river Tyne at Wallsend in the late 1960s. 4 minutes 8 seconds ©BBC.
Video clip of Wallsend shipyard scenes (Image: Shipyard worker)

Shipyard Scenes
The building of the Esso Northumbria super tanker on the river Tyne. 2 minutes 58 seconds ©BBC.

Video clip of "The Women of Wallsend" (Image: Women outside their houses)

The Women of Wallsend
The women of Wallsend talking about living with shipbuilding, and see the Esso Northumbria super tanker towering over their terraced houses. 2 minutes 56 seconds ©BBC.

Video clip of the launch of the Big 'Un (Image: Princess Anne)

The Launch
Princess Anne launches the Esso Northumbria tanker in Wallsend, and toasts the achievements of the Tyneside shipbuilders who made the 1350 feet long ship. 2 minutes 56 seconds ©BBC.

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