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Engine room of the bulk carrier 'Fernspring' Engine room of the bulk carrier 'Fernspring'

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The tanker 'Spinanger' ready for launch The tanker 'Spinanger' ready for launch

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abstract | abstract | man | man | reflection | reflection | industry | industry | water | water | glass | glass | hat | hat | metal | metal | standing | standing | river | river | daylight | daylight | boat | boat | interesting | interesting | log | log | wire | wire | construction | construction | cabin | cabin | iron | iron | industrial | industrial | ship | ship | workmen | workmen | crane | crane | timber | timber | smoke | smoke | coat | coat | grain | grain | working | working | platform | platform | bank | bank | rail | rail | plate | plate | vessel | vessel | rope | rope | flags | flags | cargo | cargo | steam | steam | riverwear | riverwear | pole | pole | cranes | cranes | deck | deck | doorway | doorway | crew | crew | maritime | maritime | porthole | porthole | bolt | bolt | land | land | 1957 | 1957 | trousers | trousers | opening | opening | unusual | unusual | mast | mast | hook | hook | launch | launch | shipyard | shipyard | peg | peg | plank | plank | cog | cog | attentive | attentive | slope | slope | tanker | tanker | tugboats | tugboats | sunderland | sunderland | observing | observing | shipbuilding | shipbuilding | 1846 | 1846 | wearside | wearside | industrialaction | industrialaction | blackandwhitephotograph | blackandwhitephotograph | 22october | 22october | northsands | northsands | robertthompsonsons | robertthompsonsons | jlthompsonsonsltd | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | northsandssunderland | spinanger | spinanger | weartugboatmen | weartugboatmen

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Sea trials of the bulk carrier ‘Gjendefjell’ Sea trials of the bulk carrier ‘Gjendefjell’

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Launch of the tanker 'Spinanger' Launch of the tanker 'Spinanger'

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industry | industry | industrial | industrial | riverwear | riverwear | shipyard | shipyard | tanker | tanker | sunderland | sunderland | shipbuilding | shipbuilding | shiplaunch | shiplaunch | wearside | wearside | jlthompsonsonsltd | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | northsandssunderland | spinanger | spinanger

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A River Wear scene

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roof | chimney | sky | industry | window | water | wall | buildings | river | design | cabin | industrial | crane | smoke | letters | paddle | bank | rail | vessel | rope | steam | riverwear | deck | numbers | crew | porthole | cylinder | tugboat | unusual | mast | shipyard | striking | wexford | sunderland | shipbuilding | blackandwhitephotograph | maritimeheritage | northsands | britishrose | manorquay | jlthompsonsons | northsandsshipyard | robertthompsonsons | jlthompsonsonsltd | fittingoutquay | 10october1946 | 29may1946 | britishroselondon | josephlthompsonsons

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Greenwell's Dry Docks, Sunderland Greenwell's Dry Docks, Sunderland

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North Sands Shipyard and Corporation Quay, Sunderland North Sands Shipyard and Corporation Quay, Sunderland

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Mooring the tanker 'Spinanger' after launch Mooring the tanker 'Spinanger' after launch

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roof | roof | chimney | chimney | sky | sky | cloud | cloud | building | building | men | men | industry | industry | window | window | glass | glass | hat | hat | metal | metal | stone | stone | wall | wall | standing | standing | river | river | boat | boat | cabin | cabin | iron | iron | industrial | industrial | ship | ship | hand | hand | arm | arm | crane | crane | head | head | timber | timber | steel | steel | parts | parts | flag | flag | coat | coat | debris | debris | pipe | pipe | platform | platform | bank | bank | rail | rail | plate | plate | vessel | vessel | rope | rope | cargo | cargo | structure | structure | riverwear | riverwear | pole | pole | suit | suit | deck | deck | soil | soil | crew | crew | pile | pile | frame | frame | porthole | porthole | mooring | mooring | letter | letter | trousers | trousers | mast | mast | identification | identification | shipyard | shipyard | waving | waving | attentive | attentive | tanker | tanker | fascinating | fascinating | digitalimage | digitalimage | sunderland | sunderland | bending | bending | shipbuilding | shipbuilding | moored | moored | shiplaunch | shiplaunch | wearside | wearside | unsual | unsual | blackandwhitephotograph | blackandwhitephotograph | northeastofengland | northeastofengland | maritimeheritage | maritimeheritage | northsands | northsands | northsandsshipyard | northsandsshipyard | jlthompsonsonsltd | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | northsandssunderland | spinanger | spinanger | 22october1957 | 22october1957

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Sea trials of the bulk carrier 'Orenda Bridge' Sea trials of the bulk carrier 'Orenda Bridge'

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The tanker 'Eastgate' on sea trials The tanker 'Eastgate' on sea trials

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Crew's dayroom on the tanker 'Borgsten' Crew's dayroom on the tanker 'Borgsten'

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A seaman's cabin on the tanker ‘Borgsten’ A seaman's cabin on the tanker ‘Borgsten’

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The North Sands Shipyard, Sunderland

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Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, May 1959 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/22169C). This set of aerial images is intended as a short historical tour of the River Wear from the Piers to Pallion. It gives us an impression of what the River looked like during the middle years of the Twentieth Century, when it was a hive of industrial activity. Sunderland had an international reputation for shipbuilding and this is well represented in this set with images of its famous shipyards such as Austin & Pickersgill, J.L. Thompson & Sons and Sir James Laing & Sons. The River Wear was also home to a thriving marine engineering industry, reflected here by images of the engine works of William Doxford & Sons and George Clark. Other industries are also featured such as a glassmaking and of course the key industry of coal mining. Mining is represented by images of Wearmouth Colliery and the riverside coal staithes, which were vital to the coal trade. These images reflect how much the River Wear has changed over the past 50 years, with the disappearance of traditional heavy industries. Those businesses may have gone but Sunderland can be proud of its industrial heritage and the men and women who worked on Wearside and helped to shape the City we know today. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image 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 info@twarchives.org.uk.

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Looking up the River Wear

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Aerial view looking up the River Wear, with the North Dock in the foreground and the North Sands shipyard in the background, May 1959 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/22167A). This set of aerial images is intended as a short historical tour of the River Wear from the Piers to Pallion. It gives us an impression of what the River looked like during the middle years of the Twentieth Century, when it was a hive of industrial activity. Sunderland had an international reputation for shipbuilding and this is well represented in this set with images of its famous shipyards such as Austin & Pickersgill, J.L. Thompson & Sons and Sir James Laing & Sons. The River Wear was also home to a thriving marine engineering industry, reflected here by images of the engine works of William Doxford & Sons and George Clark. Other industries are also featured such as glassmaking and of course the key industry of coal mining. Mining is represented by images of Wearmouth Colliery and the riverside coal staithes, which were vital to the coal trade. These images reflect how much the River Wear has changed over the past 50 years, with the disappearance of traditional heavy industries. Those businesses may have gone but Sunderland can be proud of its industrial heritage and the men and women who worked on Wearside and helped to shape the City we know today. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share this digital image 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 info@twarchives.org.uk.

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riverwear | aerialphotography | sunderland | northdock | northsandsshipyard | jlthompsonsonsltd | boats | wearside | industrial | industry | industrialheritage | shipbuildingheritage | aerialtouroftheriverwear | dock | northsands | shipyard | may1959 | aerialimage | aerialphotograph | blackandwhitephotograph | digitalimage | glassmaking | coalmining | traditionalheavyindustries | development | change | contstruction | river | water | land | bank | austinpickersgill | jlthompsonsons | sirjameslaingsons | marineengineering | williamdoxfordsons | georgeclark | wearmouthcolliery | riverside | coalstaithes | city | debris | fascinating | interesting | unusual | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | chimney | smoke | road | mark | buildings | wall | roof | blur | grain | vessel | vehicle | slope | crane | row | window | door | soil | grass | structure | landscape

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Sea trials of the tanker 'Thorshavn'

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Aerial view of the tanker ?Thorshavn? on sea trials, April 1950 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/661/5). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons on 21 November 1949. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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Naming ceremony of the bulk carrier 'Fernspring' Naming ceremony of the bulk carrier 'Fernspring'

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Wheelhouse of the tanker 'Torvanger'

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View inside the wheelhouse of the tanker 'Torvanger', March 1955 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/681/8/1). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland on 26 November 1954. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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sunderland | shipbuilding | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | tanker | torvanger | wheelhouse | maritimeheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | steeringwheel | 2wheelhouse | march1955 | northsandsshipyard | launched | jlthompsonsons | 26november1954 | josephlthompsonsons | 1846 | robertthompsonsons | robertthompsonsenior | josephlowesthompson | vessel | ironshipbuilding | northsands | manorquay | fittingout | repairs | latch | window | glass | handle | wood | floor | boards | reading | gage | ceiling | light | wall | doorway | beam | bolt | unusual | fascinating | industry | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | shine | daylight | speaker | vent | chair | armrest | padding | leg | platform | structure | construction | pipe | controlroom | cabin | deck | steering | controls | stern | slow | half | full | finishedwithengines

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'Silverbriar' at night

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View of the cargo ship ?Silverbriar? at night, February 1948 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/1232W). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 21 May 1947. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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sunderland | shipbuilding | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | silverbriar | cargoship | maritimeheritage | industrialheritage | industry | abstract | blackandwhitephotograph | digitalimage | northsandsshipyard | night | ship | vessel | chain | anchor | metal | deck | rail | bank | rope | light | mast | cabin | porthole | window | cars | wheel | signage | letter | february1948 | magnificent | majestic | impressive | fascinating | unusual | jlthompsonsons | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | shipbuildingheritage | josephlthompsonsons | 1846 | robertthompsonsons | robertthompsonsenior | 1860 | josephlowesthompson | iron | northsands | 1884 | manorquay | fittingout | repairs | facilities | mark | debris | row | vent | cylinder | glass | construction | development | box | puddle | reflection | board | notice | numberplate | pipe | ground | water | bar | timber | structure

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Officers' smoking room on the tanker 'Aluco'

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Officers' smoking room on the tanker ?Aluco?, October 1959 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/1/695/11/19). She was launched at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland on 23 April 1959. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard

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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 is also underway on a new slipway. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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Bow view of the tanker 'Borgsten' Bow view of the tanker 'Borgsten'

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The Hospital on board the tanker 'Borgsten' The Hospital on board the tanker 'Borgsten'

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Launch of the tanker 'Esso Caernarvon'

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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 using the ?British Cavalier? as a great vantage point to watch the launch. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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A River Wear scene

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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, Sunderland on 29 May 1946. This set celebrates the achievements of the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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Painting the tanker 'Borgsten'

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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 the famous Sunderland shipbuilding firm Joseph L. Thompson & Sons. The company?s origins date back to 1846 when the firm was known as Robert Thompson & Sons. Robert Thompson senior died in 1860, leaving his second son Joseph Lowes Thompson in control. In 1870 the shipyard completed its last wooden vessel and was then adapted for iron shipbuilding. By 1880 the firm had expanded its operations over much of North Sands and in 1884 completed the construction of Manor Quay, which served as fitting out and repair facilities. For many years in the late nineteenth century the yard was the most productive in Sunderland and in 1894 had the fourth largest output of any shipyard in the world. The Depression affected the firm severely in the early 1930s and no vessels were launched from 1931 to 1934. However, during those years the company developed a hull design giving greater efficiency and economy in service. During the Second World War the prototype developed by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons proved so popular that it was used by the US Government as the basis of over 2,700 Liberty ships built at American shipyards between 1942 and 1945. After the War the North Sands shipyard went on to build many fine cargo ships, oil tankers and bulk carriers. Sadly the shipyard closed in 1979, although it briefly reopened in 1986 to construct the crane barge ITM Challenger. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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