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North Sands shipyard, Sunderland, 1950

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riverwear | shipyard | sunderland | shipbuilding | northdock | rokerpark | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland

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Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard, 1964

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Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, July 1964 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/34170). The image also gives a great view of the surrounding area, including the football stadium, Roker Park. 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 | riverwear | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | shipyard | northdock | rokerpark | stpeterschurchmonkwearmouth | monkwearmouth | aerialphotograph | beaches | roker

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North Sands shipyard, Sunderland, 1950

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Aerial view of the North Sands shipyard of J.L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, May 1950 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4760D). 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 | riverwear | jlthompsonsonsltd | northsandssunderland | shipyard | northdock | rokerpark

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Sunderland Harbour

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Aerial view of Sunderland Harbour looking south, May 1950 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/4757F). 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 | sunderlandharbour | northsea | northdock | hudsondock | piers | seadefences | wearside | industrial | industry | northeastcoast | aerialphotograph | blackandwhitephotograph | industrialheritage | archives | documentation | digitalimage | may1950 | pallion | twentiethcentury | shipbuildingheritage | maritimeheritage | abstract | shipyards | austinpickersgill | jlthompsonsons | sirjameslaingsons | marineengineering | engineworks | williamdoxfordsons | georgeclark | glassmaking | coalmining | wearmouthcolliery | riversidecoalstaithes | coaltrade | traditionalheavyindustries | aerialtouroftheriverwear | fascinating | engaging | unusual | northeastofengland | unitedkingdom | pier | river | sea | ocean | gateway | harbour | sky | daylight | land | buildings | infrastructure | transportation | blur | grain | mark | crane | road | chimney | lighthouse | smoke | reflection | wall | roof | row | coastline | sand | beach | vessel | bank | mouth

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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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North Dock, Sunderland

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Aerial view of North Dock, Sunderland, June 1957 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/17890D). 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 | docks | boats | northdock | wearside | industrial | industry | industrialheritage | blackandwhitephotograph | aerialviewoftheriverwear | digitalimage | heavyindustries | city | tradition | change | industries | glassmaking | coalmining | wearmouthcolliery | riverside | coalstaithes | trade | keyindustry | marineengineering | engineworks | williamdoxfordsons | georgeclark | shipyards | austinpickersgill | jlthompsonsons | northengland | sirjameslaingsons | shipbuilding | piers | pallion | twentiethcentury | june1957 | cylinder | road | vessel | buildings | fascinating | unusual | soil | vegetation | water | row | rock | stone | mouth | roof | wall | cabin | deck | rail | boundary | vehicle | chimney | window | debris | fence | path | transformation | unitedkingdom | northeastengland | community | daylight

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