Film ID:
NEFA 21510



Visitor Tabs


An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.

The film begin in what appears to be a Victorian schoolroom with a woman giving a presentation.

The film cut to one of the visitors, George Jackson, who talks about working on the River Clyde in Glasgow during the late 1930's before World War Two installing guns on Royal Navy ship as well as the many sea-trials he was involved in. There are a number of stories he tells of working during World War Two including that of the Queen Mary cutting a Destroyer in half.

The film changes and follows Maurice Clyde has he shows the visitors a model of the ship City of Adelaide as well as a Sunderland coble or foy boats which are also on display at the centre. Maurice talks in detail about the history of shipbuilding on the River Wear.

On the main floor of the workshop is a model of the HMS Venerable linked to Sunderland born sailor Jack Crawford. One of the builders, Derick Rowell, describes some of the history of the ship and the making of this scale model.  

The film ends with a view of a blue plaque on a brick wall reads ’10 & 11 Church Street. Built in 1711 as part of a street of merchants’ houses that linked the Parish Church with the commercial High Street and Riverside. Old Sunderland Heritage Trail’ and a sign on the wall of a building for the Sunderland Maritime Heritage.