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Swan Hunter Photo by Malcom Bawn
Swan Hunter ... the end of hope?

Demise of Swan Hunter?

Could this be the end of the North East shipbuilding heritage? Jaap Kroese, owner of the Swan Hunter shipyard, is disposing of cranes and land at Wallsend.

Jaap Kroese, owner of the Swan Hunter shipyard, says the business is effectively finished.

Mr Kroese has sold the Wallsend yard's iconic cranes and says he is now looking to sell off the land on the banks of the Tyne too.

Share your views

So, is this the end of the road for North East shipbuilding? BBC Tyne wants to hear your memories and views.

The BBC Blue Bus will be in the Netto car park on Hadrian Road, Wallsend on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January from 10am - so why not come and say hello?

Did you work at Swans? Or do you live in Hebburn? Come to the bus and tell us what you think should happen now that the cranes have been sold.

You can also share your stories using the comment box below or by emailing BBC Tyne at tyne@bbc.co.uk

last updated: 18/01/07
 
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bright327
Its got to be said this all kicked off in the Thatcher years,our company supplied Ships telegraphs over 100 years old but also gone like nearly all manufacturing.

john mcglone
sad to see the demise of this facility i worked there when transferred from govan shipbuilders and worked on the replacement for the atlantic conveyor

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