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Launch party of the cargo ship 'Empire Hazlitt' Launch party of the cargo ship 'Empire Hazlitt'

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Launch of the Japanese cruiser 'Iwate' Launch of the Japanese cruiser 'Iwate'

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Launch party of the bulk carrier 'Gloxinia' Launch party of the bulk carrier 'Gloxinia'

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Launch party of the 'Kosmaj'

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View of the launch party of the ?Kosmaj?, taken before her launch at the North Sands shipyard of Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd, 18 August 1977 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/2/7). She was built for Jugoslavenska Oceanska Plovidba BB, Yugoslavia. The image includes performers in traditional folk costume. Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderland shipbuilding collections. The set has been produced to celebrate Sunderland History Fair on 7 June 2014. It's a reminder of the thousands of vessels launched on the River Wear and the many outstanding achievements of Sunderland?s shipyards and their workers. These photographs reflect Sunderland?s history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering from the development of turret ships in the 1890s through to the design for SD14s in the 1960s. The Sunderland shipbuilding collections are full of fascinating stories. Some of these are represented in this set, such as the ?Rondefjell?, launched in two halves on the River Wear by John Crown & Sons Ltd and then joined together on the River Tyne. The set also shows the vital part that Sunderland?s shipbuilding industry played during the First World War. William Doxford & Sons Ltd built Royal Naval destroyers such as HMS Opal, which served in the Battle of Jutland, while other yards constructed cargo ships to help keep these shores supplied. (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 | shiplaunches | cargoship | northsandssunderland | shipyard | bulkcarrier | launch | maritimeheritage | colourphotograph | kosmaj | northsandsyard | traditionalfolkcostume | launchparty | view | sunderlandlaunches | digitalimage | archives | shipbuildingheritage | industry | industrialheritage | abstract | northsandsshipyard | sunderlandshipbuildersltd | dress | 18august1977 | construction | production | jugoslavenskaoceanskaplovidbabb | yugoslavia | performers | folk | tradtional | costume | socialhistory | marineengineering | fascinating | unusual | interesting | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | sunderland?sshipbuildingindustry | riverwear | transportation | artificiallight | shine | wall | floor | interior | room | pole | flag | suit | tie | microphone | wiring | tent | rope | gathering | seated | standing | men | women | musicalinstruments | shoe | belt | shirt | flower | fabric | crease | decoration | smiling | relaxed | event | vessel

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Launch party of the cargo ship ?Dun Huang?

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Members of the launch party of the cargo ship ?Dun Huang? built by William Doxford & Sons Ltd for the People?s Republic of China, 14 October 1966 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/4/PH/1/876/1/2). Tyne & Wear Archives is proud to present a selection of images from its Sunderland shipbuilding collections. The set has been produced to celebrate Sunderland History Fair on 7 June 2014. It's a reminder of the thousands of vessels launched on the River Wear and the many outstanding achievements of Sunderland?s shipyards and their workers. These photographs reflect Sunderland?s history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering from the development of turret ships in the 1890s through to the design for SD14s in the 1960s. The Sunderland shipbuilding collections are full of fascinating stories. Some of these are represented in this set, such as the ?Rondefjell?, launched in two halves on the River Wear by John Crown & Sons Ltd and then joined together on the River Tyne. The set also shows the vital part that Sunderland?s shipbuilding industry played during the First World War. William Doxford & Sons Ltd built Royal Naval destroyers such as HMS Opal, which served in the Battle of Jutland, while other yards constructed cargo ships to help keep these shores supplied. (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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Launch party of HMS Greyhound

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Launch party of HMS Greyhound, launched at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie on 6 October 1900 (TWAM ref. 4923/1). HMS Greyhound was a C-class destroyer. During the First World War she took part in anti-submarine and counter-mining operations. The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set. There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them. (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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Launch party of the cargo ship 'Empire Hazlitt'

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Members of the launch party of the cargo ship ?Empire Hazlitt?, at the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields, 14 May 1942 (TWAM ref. 1061/1043). This set celebrates the achievements of the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons. The firm has played a significant role in the North East?s illustrious shipbuilding history and the development of South Shields. The company began in 1865 when John Readhead, a shipyard manager, entered into business with J Softley at a small yard on the Lawe at South Shields. Following the dissolution of the partnership in 1872, it continued as John Readhead & Co on the same site until 1880 when the High West Yard was purchased. After Readhead?s four sons were taken into the business in 1888 the company traded as John Readhead & Sons becoming a limited company in 1908. In 1968 the company was absorbed by the Swan Hunter Group and in 1977 became part of the nationalised British Shipbuilders. In the same year the last vessel was launched and the site was sold off in 1984. Readheads was prolific and built over 600 ships from 1865 to 1968, including 87 vessels for the Hain Steamship Company Ltd and over forty for the Strick Line Ltd. The shipyard also built four ships for the Prince Line, founded by Sir James Knott. The firm built vessels, which were involved in the major conflicts of the Twentieth Century. During the First World War they built patrol vessels and ?x? lighters (motor landing craft used in the Gallipoli campaign) for the Admiralty. During the Second World War the firm built tankers for the Normandy Landings. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk.

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Launch party of HMS Calypso

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Launch party of the light cruiser HMS Calypso, launched at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie, 24 January 1917 (TWAM ref. 4923/2). HMS Calypso was damaged during the 2nd Battle of Heligoland Bight on 17 November 1917. Calypso went on to serve during the Second World War and tragically was sunk by an Italian submarine in June 1940. The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set. There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them. (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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ww1 | hawthornleslie | shipbuilding | hebburn | hmscalypso | royalnavy | shiplaunches | lightcruiser | firstworldwar | secondworldwar | secondbattleofheligolandbight | shipyardworkers | industrialheritage | cloth | crease | boys | men | maritimeheritage | shipbuildingheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | digitalimage | hawthornlesliewarships | archives | abstract | launchparty | gathering | event | hebburnshipyard | 24january1917 | rope | platform | structure | production | construction | sinking | june1940 | italiansubmarine | 17november1917 | warship | vessel | majestic | impressive | fascinating | interesting | unusual | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | seated | standing | cap | decoration | fence | post | timber | barrier | flowers | women | coat | button | romannumerals | measurement | wartime

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Launch party of HMS Jackal

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Launch party of HMS Jackal, launched at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie, 9 September 1911 (TWAM ref. 4923/2). HMS Jackal was an Acheron-class destroyer and during the First World War took part in the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28 August 1914 and the Battle of Dogger Bank on 24 January 1915. The shipyard of R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn built many fine warships. During the First World War the firm built 2 light cruisers, 3 destroyer leaders and 25 torpedo boat destroyers. The firm also built machinery and boilers for 2 battleships, and a further 3 light cruisers. These and other warships built by Hawthorn Leslie before the War, are remembered in this set. There are remarkable images of warships under construction at Hebburn, as well as fascinating shots of the people who attended the launches. The set also contains majestic views of the ships at sea. The images are not only a testimony to the skill of those who designed and built these ships but also to the courage of those who sailed in them. (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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ww1 | hawthornleslie | shipbuilding | hebburn | hmsjackal | rivertyne | royalnavy | firstworldwar | shiplaunches | torpedoboatdestroyer | destroyer | battleofheligolandbight | battleofdoggerbank | blackandwhitephotograph | launchparty | hebburnshipyard | 9september1911 | acheronclassdestroyer | vessel | ship | warship | construction | maritimeheritage | gathering | people | deck | rail | timber | steel | stairs | building | wall | roof | window | glass | pillar | water | debris | bank | plate | metal | cloth | river | hats | women | men | dress | blouse | shirt | trousers | shoes | coat | tie | suit | blazer | moustache | child | socks | shorts | majestic | button | uniform | crew | workers | romannumeral | industry | unusual

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Launch party of HMS Champion

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Launch party of HMS Champion, launched by Lady Cynthia Asquith at the Hebburn shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie, 29 May 1915 (TWAM ref. 4923/2). Have you noticed a few uninvited guests in the background. sneaking into the photo? HMS Champion was a C-class light cruiser and one of the first vessels of the Light Cruiser Squadron in action at the Battle of Jutland. The Rivers Tyne and Wear were responsible for building many vessels, which served Britain during the First World War. This set remembers some of those warships that took part in the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June 1916. During the battle over 6,000 British sailors lost their lives and 14 Royal Naval vessels were sunk. The losses included the battlecruisers HMS Queen Mary and HMS Invincible, as well as the destroyers HMS Shark, HMS Sparrowhawk and HMS Turbulent, all built on Tyneside. Their memory lives on. (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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ww1 | hawthornleslie | shipbuilding | hebburn | hmschampion | shiplaunch | battleofjutland | firstworldwar | royalnavy | maritimeheritage | unusual | industry | platform | timber | rail | ramp | choir | song | paper | book | uniform | church | boys | men | gathering | women | structure | vessel | ship | steel | planks | romannumeral | number | debris | hats | shirt | tie | moustache | coat | blouse | dress | flowers | trousers | suit | blazer | jacket | ribbon | button | naval | crew | workers | frock | holdinghands | striking | launchparty | ladycynthiaasquith | hebburnshipyard | 29may1915 | uninvitedguests | discreet | guest | cclasslightcruiser | lightcruisersquadron | warship | construction | event | occasion

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Launch party of the bulk carrier 'Gloxinia'

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Launch party of the bulk carrier ?Gloxinia?, 20 February 1958 (TWAM ref. DS.RDD/4/21/3). She was launched at the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons, South Shields by Dorothy Anne Robinson (holding the flowers), daughter of Nicholas J. Robinson, a director of the Stag Line. In the background you can also see a group of shipyard workers. This set celebrates the achievements of the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons. The firm has played a significant role in the North East?s illustrious shipbuilding history and the development of South Shields. The company began in 1865 when John Readhead, a shipyard manager, entered into business with J Softley at a small yard on the Lawe at South Shields. Following the dissolution of the partnership in 1872, it continued as John Readhead & Co on the same site until 1880 when the High West Yard was purchased. After Readhead?s four sons were taken into the business in 1888 the company traded as John Readhead & Sons becoming a limited company in 1908. In 1968 the company was absorbed by the Swan Hunter Group and in 1977 became part of the nationalised British Shipbuilders. In the same year the last vessel was launched and the site was sold off in 1984. Readheads was prolific and built over 600 ships from 1865 to 1968, including 87 vessels for the Hain Steamship Company Ltd and over forty for the Strick Line Ltd. The shipyard also built four ships for the Prince Line, founded by Sir James Knott. The firm built vessels, which were involved in the major conflicts of the Twentieth Century. During the First World War they built patrol vessels and ?x? lighters (motor landing craft used in the Gallipoli campaign) for the Admiralty. During the Second World War the firm built tankers for the Normandy Landings. (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 archives@twmuseums.org.uk.

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southshields | shipbuilding | johnreadheadsonsltd | shipyard | bulkcarrier | children | shiplaunch | gloxinia | stagline | shipyardworkers | 1950s | cute | hats | abstract | socialhistory | maritime | industrial | industry | johnreadheadsonssouthshields | digitalimage | blackandwhitephotograph | gathering | launchparty | vessel | ship | 20february1958 | johnreadheadsons | dorothyannerobinson | flowers | nicholasjrobinson | director | workers | group | northeast | development | construction | johnreadhead | shipyardmanager | 1865 | jsoftley | partnership | lawe | highwestyard | swanhuntergroup | britishshipbuilders | informative | unusual | readheads | 18651968 | hainsteamshipcompanyltd | stricklineltd | princeline | sirjamesknott | standing | hat | crane | wire | pole | structure | sky | clock | lamppost | lamp | building | wall | pipe | roof | window | glass | chimney | daylight | women | men | ground | shoe

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Launch of the Japanese cruiser 'Iwate'

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View of the cruiser 'Iwate', built for the Imperial Japanese Navy, ready for launch at the Elswick Shipyard, Newcastle upon Tyne, 29 March 1900 (TWAM ref. GU.HO/20). ?Workshop of the World? is a phrase often used to describe Britain?s manufacturing dominance during the Nineteenth Century. It?s also a very apt description for the Elswick Works and Scotswood Works of Vickers Armstrong and its predecessor companies. These great factories, situated in Newcastle along the banks of the River Tyne, employed hundreds of thousands of men and women and built a huge variety of products for customers around the globe. The Elswick Works was established by William George Armstrong (later Lord Armstrong) in 1847 to manufacture hydraulic cranes. From these relatively humble beginnings the company diversified into many fields including shipbuilding, armaments and locomotives. By 1953 the Elswick Works covered 70 acres and extended over a mile along the River Tyne. This set of images, mostly taken from our Vickers Armstrong collection, includes fascinating views of the factories at Elswick and Scotswood, the products they produced and the people that worked there. By preserving these archives we can ensure that their legacy lives on. (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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elswickworks | elswickshipyard | newcastleupontyne | rivertyne | iwate | cruiser | warship | japan | imperialjapanesenavy | ship | vessel | naval | launchparty | industry | industrial | tyneside | northeastengland | blackandwhitephotograph | shipbuildingheritage | maritimeheritage | industrialheritage | archives | abstract | digitalimage | fascinating | interesting | unusual | impressive | workshopoftheworld | japanesecruiser | launch | shipyard | 29march1900 | unitedkingdom | manufacturing | construction | development | structure | frame | platform | gathering | people | crowd | chimney | building | blur | bank | land | water | stairs | timber | rail | crane | hook | deck | porthole | rope | crew | public | plank | soil | barrier | williamgeorgearmstrong | lordarmstrong | transportation | scotswoodworks | vickersarmstrong | products | customers | vickersarmstrongcollection | elswick | scotswood | factories | cap | decoration

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Launch party of the cargo ship 'Eastern Rover'

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Launch party of the cargo ship ?Eastern Rover? at the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, 28 July 1961 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT4/PH/1/706/1/4). The image also shows the shell plates of her sister ship ?Eastern Ranger? in the background. For a remarkable view of 'Eastern Rover' taken on the same day through the shell plates of ?Eastern Ranger? see www.flickr.com/photos/twm_news/9237704935/in/set-72157649.... 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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