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SHIPBUILDING - THE BIRTHPLACE OF SHIPS
Ship at end of street
Travel back in time to the shipyards that made the North East world famous. Revisit Tyneside and Wearside's yards from the depression-torn 1930s to the modern shipyards of the 1960s and 70s.

Shipyard worker (Read about the North East's ship building industry) Shipbuilding interviews (Welder) Shipyard worker (Watch a film about building a huge oil tanker)
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The Birthplace of ships - Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
Sunderland was once the birthplace of ships, employing thousands of men in its yards. Go behind the scenes and watch film footage of a typical shipyard in the early 1960s. (2 minutes 56 seconds ©BBC)

The Largest Shipbuilding Town in the World - Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
Views of Sunderland - once the largest shipbuilding town in the world - including the ships that made Wearside world famous. (1 minute 35 seconds ©BBC)

A Shipbuilder's Hard Life - Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
A shipyard workers' life was a often a hard one as seen in this film footage of shipbuilding communities living close to the Sunderland waterfront. (3 minutes 15 seconds ©BBC)

Shipbuilders Talk Shop - Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
Sunderland shipyard workers talk about the uncertain future of shipbuilding on the Wear as they have a tea break. (4 minutes 16 seconds ©BBC)

Welding - Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
Riveters and welders working in the Sunderland shipyards of the 1960s. (2 minutes 38 seconds ©BBC)

The Big 'Un - Building the Big 'Un (1969/b&w/sound)
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)

Shipyard Scenes - Building the Big 'Un (1969/b&w/sound)
The building of the Esso Northumbria super tanker on the river Tyne. (2 minutes 58 seconds ©BBC)

The Women of Wallsend - Building the Big 'Un (1969/b&w/sound)
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)

The Launch - Building the Big 'Un (1969/b&w/sound)
Princess Anne launches the Esso Northumbria tanker in Wallsend, and toast the achievements of the Tyneside shipbuilders who made the 1350 feet long ship. (2 minutes 56 seconds ©BBC)

The Swan Hunter Story - Swan Hunter: Tradition of Innovation (1980/b&w/silent)
The story of Swan Hunter's shipbuilding yard during its early days. (1 minute 36 seconds ©NRFTA)

Sunderland Shipbuilding - Sunderland - Setting for Industry (1966/colour/sound)
Sunderland's shipbuilding industry at its peak, looking at the challenges ahead and watching the launch of the Montrose. (1 minute 35 seconds ©NRFTA)

Launch Preperations - Launching a Ship (1970s/colour/sound)
Shipyard workers prepare for the launch of a new ship. (2 minutes 21 seconds ©NRFTA)

Men Working - Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
Shipyard workers start work on a new ship. (3 minutes 53 seconds ©NRFTA)

Work in Progress - Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
The shipyard workers illustrate the different stages of building a large vessel. (3 minutes 20 seconds ©NRFTA)

Nearing Completion - Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
The vessel's skeleton nears completion. (2 minutes 53 seconds ©NRFTA)

Welders and Riveters - Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
Welders and riveters work on a ship down on the waterfront. (3 minutes ©NRFTA)

Construction Work - Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
Construction work starts on a new ship being made ready for launch including the erection of the masts. (5 minutes 51 seconds ©NRFTA)

Sunderland Builds a Cargo Ship - A Ship is Born (b&w/silent)
Sunderland shipyard workers lay the foundations for the keel of a new ship. (3 minutes 51 seconds ©NRFTA)

Building the Invincible - I Name This Ship Invincible (1977/colour/sound)
The building of the Invincible in Barrow - it was one of the largest ships ever to be built for the Royal Navy. (2 minutes ©NRFTA)

The Launch - I Name This Ship Invincible (1977/colour/sound)
Crowds arrive for the launch of the Invincible at Barrow with Her Majesty the Queen. (3 minutes 14 seconds ©NRFTA)

Launching a Rig - Rig Building (1980s/colour/sound)
The growth in North Sea oil and gas led to the building and launch of rigs on the Tees and Tyne including this rig built at Smiths' Dock. (50 seconds ©NRFTA)



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