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Title : Discharging chromite at the Corporation Quay, Sunderland

Description : Discharging East African chromite from an ocean liner at the Corporation Quay, Sunderland, July 1949 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/3177H). This set of images celebrates the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the Port of Sunderland. The port authority was constituted in 1717 by Act of Parliament, which appointed the River Wear Commissioners to manage and improve the harbour and river. Since then the port has changed beyond recognition with the construction of piers, docks and quays and the dredging of the River Wear to make it wider and deeper. These developments were vital to the coal trade on which the region’s prosperity depended. The improvement of the river was also essential to the success of shipbuilding in Sunderland as well as allied industries such as marine engineering and ship repairing. These images are a reflection of Sunderland’s proud industrial history. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email

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Subject : portofsunderland

Subject : sunderland

Subject : riverwear

Subject : corporationquay

Subject : industry

Subject : ships

Subject : vessels

Subject : quays

Subject : shipping

Subject : wearside

Subject : workers

Subject : dockers

Subject : discharging

Subject : northeastofengland

Subject : unitedkingdom

Subject : eastafricanchromeore

Subject : oceanliner

Subject : july1949

Subject : portauthority

Subject : riverwearcommissioners

Subject : management

Subject : harbour

Subject : river

Subject : port

Subject : pier

Subject : dock

Subject : quay

Subject : dredging

Subject : coaltrade

Subject : shipbuildingheritage

Subject : maritimeheritage

Subject : industrialheritage

Subject : archives

Subject : abstract

Subject : alliedindustries

Subject : marineengineering

Subject : shiprepairing

Subject : chromeoredust

Subject : dust

Subject : container

Subject : worker

Subject : cap

Subject : chain

Subject : bolt

Subject : panel

Subject : timber

Subject : pile

Subject : handle

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Subject : shovel

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Subject : stone

Subject : crease

Subject : fabric

Subject : shirt

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Subject : bending

Subject : standing

Subject : working

Subject : attentive

Subject : opening

Subject : darkness

Subject : light

Subject : mark

Subject : grain

Subject : blur

Subject : blackandwhitephotograph

Subject : digitalimage

Subject : chromite

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