This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.
Sponsored film of the launching of the Katsina Palm from the shipyards of Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson in 1957 in Newcastle. The Katsina Palm was built for the Palm Line shipping company, and destined to work primarily in West Africa. The ship was capable of carrying 10,000 tons of cargo and could travel at 14 knots; she was launched by the wife of the Palm Line’s director, Mrs A. Hoffman.
This amateur film shows the sea trials of the tanker Samuel Ugelstad taking place off the coast of Tynemouth on the 7th & 8th June 1956. As well as views of he ship at sea during the trials, the film includes various views around the ship as well as of the crew and passengers. The ship was built for S. Ugelstads Rederi of Norway by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at their Haverton Hill yard near Stockton-on-Tees.
A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.
A detailed promotional film of the construction, launch and fitting-out of the Shaw Savill cruise liner, the Northern Star, at the Vickers-Armstrongs Shipyards, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Footage includes the start of manufacture (the laying of flat keel plates) on April 28th 1960, the naming ceremony and launch performed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on June 27 1961, and extensive shots of the interior decoration of the ship.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions of the ceremony at the launch of the cargo ship MS Katherine at William Doxford & Sons Ltd (Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd) on 16 March 1964 from the Pallion yard. Includes footage of the construction of her sister ship in the next berth.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that promotes the modernised shipbuilding operations of Austin & Pickersgill at their Southwick and Wear Dock Yard in Sunderland, where large assembly shops and prefabrication processes were introduced in 1960. Footage includes the launch ceremony of the Scottish Trader. The film features music and a commentary that stresses good labour relations at the yard. The yard was demolished in 1990.
A record of the launch of the tanker, T.S.S. Busiris at the North Sands shipyard of Joseph L. Thompson and Sons on the River Wear in Sunderland in 1960.
A record of the 1962 ship launch of the M.V. British Cavalier, built by Joseph F. Thompson and Sons shipyard on the River Wear in Sunderland.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters that records the launch of the MS Manora cargo ship into the River Tyne on 9 March 1970. The ship was built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the Neptune yard in Wallsend, and broken up in Bangkok in 1988.
This amateur film documents the launch of the cargo ship MV Innesmoor from Hawthorne Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd yard at Hebburn-on-Tyne. Footage includes views of the ship on the slipway, men at work, and the launch by Viscountess Ridley on 30th August 1954. There are extended views both around the deck and below in a number of cabins and the dining room. The ship is towed down the Tyne by tug boat. The film ends with views of the ship at sea, possibly during its sea trials. The ship was completed in December 1954. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Promotional film for British Shipbuilders about the delivery of bulk carriers Hupeh, built at the Deptford Yard, and the Sunderland Venture, the last SD-14 built at the Austin & Pickersgill Southwick yard, Sunderland. The ships are delivered to clients in Hong Kong, the Wahkwong Line and Taikoo Navigation Company, at a time of economic gloom for British industry.