Historical shipyards collection

A collection of archives documenting 200 years of North East history have been listed as some of the most important historical documents ever preserved.

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Collection of archive photographs of the Tyne & Wear shipyards

View of the tanker 'British Warrior' afloat on the River Wear after launch by J.L. Thompson & Sons, North Sands, 22 February 1951 Credit: T&W Archive

A selection of photographs saved by staff at the Tyne & Wear Archives. The collection of photographs, log books and ship plans are now listed on the UNESCO Memory of The World Register. The collection, at The Discovery Museum, is listed alongside The Magna Carta and The Domesday Book.

Christening of the bulk carrier 'August Pacific', 4 March 1969 Credit: T&W Archive
roup of children at an annual sports day organised by Bartram & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, c1962 Credit: T&W Archive
View of World Unicorn ready for launch by Swan Hunter, 1973 Credit: T&W Archive
HMS Albion afloat on the River Tyne after launch by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd 1947 Credit: T&W Archive
Views of female workers in the shell shop at the Neptune Shipyard of Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, October 1917 Credit: T&W Archive
View of Boiler Shop at the Neptune Yard of Wigham Richardson and Company Ltd, Walker, 1887 Credit: T&W Archive

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