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 sponsored film is a record of the launch of the SS Tofo from William Gray's yard in Hartlepool for the Chilean CSAV (Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores on the 14 September 1951.
This amateur record of celebrations marking 900 years since the founding of Newcastle upon Tyne was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Newcastle 900 events took place between April and December, 1980. This film includes general views of the city, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, footage of a children’s festival on the Town Moor, a parade, the opening of the first phase of the Tyne & Wear Metro, and a water pageant on the Tyne that took place on 26th July.
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.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch on 21 October 1949 of the cargo ship S.S.Irish Hazel for Irish Shipping Ltd, Dublin from Central Dock.
A compilation of amateur footage filmed in and around Sunderland by amateur filmmaker Bob Wrightson. Beginning in 1972 the film opens with views of the Winter Garden followed by the aftermath of a fire at Shares Furniture store on Bridge Street. There are various views around the centre of Sunderland showing the Bridges Shopping Precinct and central streets. The second part of the film shows a procession of decorated floats along Holmside and through the city centre. Footage in 1949 shows similar views of central Sunderland. The final part of the film features activities along the River Wear including shipbuilding at William Doxford and Sons and the massive crane at the Southwick Engine Works.
An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club about the River Tees, tracing the course of the river from Cauldron Snout falls in County Durham, downstream at High Force waterfall in Teesdale, and on to Middlesbrough and the launch from Smith's Dock of the semi-submersible oilrig Ocean Prince on the 25th July 1965. The film features views of the Tees Newport Bridge and Transporter Bridge.
An amateur film made by Eddie Nelson of the Cleveland Cine Club of the parade of sailing ships leaving the river Tyne as part of the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.
Amateur film by Stephen Gray that documents the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races along the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, and the firework display the night before the start of the race.
Film insert of a Royal Navy ceremony for a sea burial on board HMS Abdiel in Hartlepool Harbour. Filmed for the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme, this item broadcast on 16 January 1968. The ship was commissioned on 17 October 1967, designated by the Ministry of Defence as an ‘exercise minelayer’.
This amateur footage by Stephen Gray, an Environmental Health Department officer with Gateshead Council, records the return of HMS Illustrious to the Tyne following service in the Falklands War and a Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix (power boat racing) in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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.