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The wheelhouse on 'Nicola'

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View of wheelhouse on ?Nicola? the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill at the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732H). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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'Nicola's engine room

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Inside the engine room on ?Nicola? the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732B). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | engineroom | marineengineering | hawthornsulzerengine | maritimeheritage | colourphotograph | engine | mechanical | machine | ship | sunderlandshipyard | nut | bolt | plate | metal | steel | construction | october1967 | february1968 | shipbuilder | commission | turnersltd | progressshots | development | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | libertyships | replacement | cargo | engineering | enginenameplate | hawthornsulzer | pipe | cylinder | bar | rail | floor | platform | nicolathefirstsd14 | design | striking | unusual | remarkable

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The crew's messroom on 'Nicola'

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View of crew?s messroom on ?Nicola? the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill at the Southwick shipyard, Sunderland (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/4/3732R). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | messroom | colourphotograph | digitalimage | maritime | industrial | social | abstract | nicolathefirstsd14 | shipinterior | cabin | crewsmessroom | standardship | ship | vessel | sunderlandshipyard | austinpickersgill | construction | october1967 | completion | february1968 | commission | newcastlebased | turnersphotographyltd | progressshots | development | structure | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight? | replacement | libertyships | cargoship | engineering | curtain | windo | glass | fascinating | informative | unusual | interesting | table | chair | cupboard | handle | timber | metal | armrest | seat | fabric | crease | wall | light | ceiling | pipe | paint | floor | cylinder | hotwatertank | shadow | board | door | porthole | tile | square | shine

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'Nicola' getting a coat of paint

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View of ?Nicola? shortly before launch from the Southwick yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, mid December 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/52047B). She's getting a coat of paint and you can now see her name. This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | painting | maritimeheritage | industrial | blackandwhitephotograph | coatofpaint | launch | ship | structure | plank | frame | plate | parts | steel | metal | december1967 | name | signage | letters | word | standard | sunderlandshipyard | construction | october1967 | completion | february1968 | commission | newcastle | turners | development | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | libertyships | replacement | cargo | engineering | river | bank | water | stairs | rail | crane | window | glass | buildings | sky | cloud | landscape | wire | hook | machine | deck | cabin | pole | porthole | vegetation | intriguing | paint | coat

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Wintry scene at the Southwick shipyard

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Winter scene as ?Nicola?, nears completion, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Sunderland, 11 December 1967 (TWAM ref. 3396/51969 A). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | snow | snowy | winter | industrialheritage | industrial | nicolathefirstsd14 | southwickshipyard | construction | shipbuildingheritage | abstract | maritimeheritage | development | maritime | 11december1967 | standardship | sunderlandshipyard | turnersphotographyltd | digitalimage | blackandwhitephotograph | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | impressive | unusual | interesting | majestic | libertyships | engineering | sky | crane | chimney | smoke | land | buildings | ice | scaffolding | fence | timber | post | chain | cabin | wall | roof | glass | window | frame | structure | platform | panel | deck | rail | rope | grain | mark | workers | stair | water | freezing | mechanical | tools

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Inside the Doxford Engine Works Sub Assembly Shop

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View of the Doxford Engine Works Sub Assembly Shop, Pallion, Sunderland, August 1954 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/6/11/9/6). Looking along the Northerly bay from East to West. Sunderland has a remarkable history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering. From the development of turret ships in the 1890s and the production of Doxford opposed piston engines after the First World War through to the designs for Liberty ships in the 1940s and SD14s in the 1960s. Sunderland has much to be proud of. Tyne & Wear Archives cares for tens of thousands of photographs in its shipbuilding collections. Most of these focus on the ships ? in particular their construction, launch and sea trials. This set looks to redress the balance and to celebrate the work of the men and women who have played such a vital part in the region?s history. The images show the human side of this great story, with many relating to the world famous shipbuilding and engineering firm William Doxford & Sons Ltd. The Archives has produced a short blog to accompany these images. (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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williamdoxfordsonsltd | marineengineering | doxfordengines | pallion | sunderland | maritimeheritage | industrialheritage | shipbuildingheritage | production | construction | structure | frame | parts | workersofsunderland | workers | doxfordengineworkssubassemblyshop | august1954 | blackandwhitephotograph | digitalimage | archives | abstract | northerlybay | observation | east | west | transportation | development | turretships | doxfordopposedpistonengines | designs | libertyships | sd14s | launch | seatrials | impressive | striking | unusual | interesting | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | pipe | hat | working | glasses | shade | light | pile | path | wall | ceiling | floor | beam | mechanical | tools | handle | window | daylight | shirt | tie | coat | pocket | crease | cylinder | bar | overalls | container | mechanism | attentive | standing | transport | wheel | cog | component | grain | debris

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'Nicola's stern frame in place

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Stern frame in place on ?Nicola?, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 20 November 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51857A). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | maritimeheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | sternframe | platform | construction | 20november1967 | standardship | october1967 | february1968 | newcastle | turnersphotographyltd | progression | development | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | libertyships | replacement | alliedvictory | secondworldwar | economic | reliable | cargoships | engineering | crane | steel | metal | frame | plate | scaffold | timber | debris | cylinder | worker | stairs | bolt | nut | wire | bridge | soil | parts | sky | ground | unusual | striking

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Double bottoms near completion

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Double bottoms near completion of ?Nicola?, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, 23 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51703B). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | industrialheritage | ladder | steps | maritimeheritage | shipbuildingheritage | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | abstract | digitalimage | blackandwhitephotograph | archives | impressive | unusual | nicolathefirstsd14 | construction | development | structure | productionline | workmen | workers | sunderlandshipyard | turnersphotographyltd | commission | progression | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | libertyships | cargoship | engineering | land | bank | river | rivertyne | buildings | wall | roof | sky | crane | daylight | shadow | striking | magnificent | shade | rope | tools | working | debris | timber | pile | water | parts | window | cylinder | hole | vent | clothing | hat | glimpse | yard | remarkable | grain | standardships | design

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Double bottoms of the first SD14

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View of the double bottoms of ?Nicola?, the first SD14 to be built by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick Yard, 16 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51644A). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | maritimeheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | debris | platform | pipe | soil | ground | timber | brick | pile | stairs | rail | metal | sheet | plate | steel | doublebottoms | southwickyard | 16october1967 | standardship | ship | vessel | sunderlandshipyard | construction | october1967 | completion | february1968 | commission | turnersltd | photography | progressshots | development | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight? | libertyships | striking | cargoship | engineering | crane | buildings | interesting | nicolathefirstsd14 | workers | frame | tools | sky | cloud | wire | hook | window | glass | wall | roof | industrial | machine | spark | flame | weld

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Aerial view of 'Nicola' under construction

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Aerial photograph of the Southwick Yard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd, showing vessels under construction, including the ?Nicola?, 11 October 1967 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/51618E). This set celebrates the ?Nicola?, the first in a long line of standard ships designed by the Sunderland shipyard of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd. The images document her construction from October 1967 through to her completion in February 1968. The shipbuilders commissioned the Newcastle-based firm Turners (Photography) Ltd to take weekly progress shots of the ?Nicola? and these images have given us a unique view of her development. She was the first SD14 to be completed (the name stands for ?Shelter Deck 14,000 tons deadweight?) and was designed as a replacement for the surviving ?Liberty ships?, built by American yards during the Second World War. Those Liberty ships had played a vital role in the Allied victory but by the 1960s they were fast approaching the end of their working lives. The SD14 developed by Austin & Pickersgill met the demand for economic and reliable cargo ships. The simplicity of the design meant that it could be marketed by the shipbuilders at a very competitive price. It?s success is reflected by the fact that over the course of 20 years 211 ships were built to the SD14 design by Austin Pickersgill and its licensees. Sunderland can be very proud of its remarkable shipbuilding and engineering history and the SD14 is one the City?s finest achievements. (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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nicola | industry | austinpickersgillltd | sunderland | shipbuilding | sd14 | southwick | shipyard | riverwear | aerialphotography | industrialheritage | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | nicolathefirstsd14 | aerialphotograph | archives | digitalimage | construction | structure | blackandwhitephotograph | southwickyard | vessels | maritimeheritage | shipbuildingheritage | 11october1967 | standardship | design | sunderlandshipyard | platform | debris | components | february1968 | commisson | turnersphotographyltd | shipbuilders | development | production | shelterdeck14000tonsdeadweight | libertyships | americanyards | secondworldwar | austinpickersgill | transportation | ships | engineering | crane | river | land | bank | buildings | road | fascinating | interesting | unusual | compelling | vehicle | carpark | daylight | frame | roof | wall | row | shadow | reflection | history | heritage | city | urban | workers | economy | infrastructure | service

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Shipyard workers at Bartram & Sons, Sunderland

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Fabricating a bow section at the shipyard of Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, November 1956 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/16664D). Sunderland has a remarkable history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering. From the development of turret ships in the 1890s and the production of Doxford opposed piston engines after the First World War through to the designs for Liberty ships in the 1940s and SD14s in the 1960s. Sunderland has much to be proud of. Tyne & Wear Archives cares for tens of thousands of photographs in its shipbuilding collections. Most of these focus on the ships ? in particular their construction, launch and sea trials. This set looks to redress the balance and to celebrate the work of the men and women who have played such a vital part in the region?s history. The images show the human side of this great story, with many relating to the world famous shipbuilding and engineering firm William Doxford & Sons Ltd. The Archives has produced a short blog to accompany these images. (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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ship | bartramsons | shipyardworkers | shipyard | southdock | prefabrication | sunderland | northeastofengland | workersofsunderland | unitedkingdom | blackandwhitephotograph | digitalimage | archives | shipbuildingheritage | maritimeheritage | industrialheritage | industry | abstract | bowsection | components | transportation | vessel | bartramsonsltd | november1956 | marineengineering | development | production | construction | structure | platform | ground | sky | turretships | doxfordopposedpistonengines | libertyships | sd14s | land | region | fantastic | unusual | interesting | impressive | fascinating | workers | label | mark | grain | debris | pile | cylinder | working | overalls | fabric | crease

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Welding a bedplate at the Doxford Engine Works

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Sea trials of the 'Empire Halley'

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Sea trials of the cargo ship ?Empire Halley?, built by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, Sunderland, c1941. This style of vessel developed by the shipyard was the forebear of the Liberty ships built by the United States Government from 1942 to 1945 (TWAM ref. DS.JLT/4/PH/612/1). 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 | empireship | empirehalley | secondworldwar | cargoship | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | maritimeheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | ship | vessel | sea | seatrials | jlthompsonsons | northsandsshipyard | northsands | c1941 | forebear | libertyships | unitedstatesgovernment | 194245 | sunderlandshipbuildingfirm | josephlthompsonsons | 1846 | robertthompsonsons | iron | steel | metal | parts | rail | deck | cabin | cargo | mast | chimney | cylinder | smoke | wire | unusual | striking | impressive | pole | porthole | stair | crew | window | door | glass | platform | clearsky | transportation | shipping | calm

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Welding a bedplate at the Doxford Engine Works

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View inside the Doxford Engine Works Fabricating Department, Pallion, Sunderland, August 1954 (TWAM ref. DS.DOX/6/11/9/10). The image shows workers welding the bedplate of a six cylinder marine engine. Sunderland has a remarkable history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering. From the development of turret ships in the 1890s and the production of Doxford opposed piston engines after the First World War through to the designs for Liberty ships in the 1940s and SD14s in the 1960s. Sunderland has much to be proud of. Tyne & Wear Archives cares for tens of thousands of photographs in its shipbuilding collections. Most of these focus on the ships ? in particular their construction, launch and sea trials. This set looks to redress the balance and to celebrate the work of the men and women who have played such a vital part in the region?s history. The images show the human side of this great story, with many relating to the world famous shipbuilding and engineering firm William Doxford & Sons Ltd. (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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