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 by Turners Film Productions that records the launch of a dock gate engineered by Head Wrightson at Thornaby on 15 August 1966. The giant steel structure is floated down the Tees accompanied by the tug Hutton Cross.
A Dorian News Film record of the launching of the Ilesha Palm on 28 June 1961 from Swan Hunter's Neptune Works. The Ilesha Palm was a cargo ship built for the Palm Line shipping company in 1961 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson on the River Tyne in Newcastle, destined for trading with West Africa. The ship was launched by Flora Azikiwe, wife of Nigerian president Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Industrial film made for William Gray & Company Ltd recording the cargo vessel "Virginia" on sea trials in the North Sea. The ship was completed in December 1948. Includes footage of the West Hartlepool docks.
A film made for William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch and sea trial of the cargo ship Aliki Livanos. The ship was launched on 14 May 1953.
Film footage shot for William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Elm on the 29th July 1953, built for Irish Shipping Ltd., Dublin. The first film shows dignitaries arriving at the launch platform and the ship blessed by a Catholic priest. Mrs E.T. McCarron performs the naming of the ship with the customary bottle of champagne. The second film, shot from a different viewpoint, includes dignitaries enjoying pre-launch drinks and the launch ceremony of the Irish Elm.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
A film giving a complete record of the construction of the cargo ship M.V General Guisan which began construction at William Gray & Company Ltd yards at West Hartlepool on the 5th September 1946 and was launched into Central Dock on the 19th June 1947. The film also shows the manufacture of its marine engine by Sulzer Bros. Ltd and its subsequent installation by the Central Marine Engine Works at West Hartlepool. The final part of the film shows the ship during its sea trials on the 17th February 1948 and ends with views of the handing over ceremony.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship S.S. Francisco Matarazzo on the 7 March 1947. The ship was launched into the Central Dock at William Gray shipyards, West Hartlepool. The Francisco Matarazzo is launched by the wife of Commander Afranio de Faria, Assistant Brazilian Naval Attache in London, Senora Marina Paes Barrata de Faria.
An industrial film made by William Gray & Company Ltd showing a cargo ship at sea during sea trials.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters recording the launch of the tanker Joseph R. Smallwood from the Swan Hunter shipyard in Hebburn on the 11th July 1972. The ship sailed under a variety of names including “Afghanistan”, “Newburn”, “Aquarius”, “Ascot”, “Polare”, and “Monte Chiaro”, before being broken up in 2000.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Limited of the launch of the cargo ship M.S. Zira from their South Shields yard on the 1st February 1972. The film shows the arrival of guests including Sir John Hunter and the sponsor Mrs. A. Mackinnon. From the launching platform guests watch as Mrs Mackinnon smashes a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the Zira which then slips into the River Tyne. The film ends with guests leaving the yard.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters Shipbuilders Ltd that records the launch of the M. S. Frank D Moores, built by Swan Hunter for the Nile Steamship Company Ltd. The ship is launched at the companies Hebburn yard by Miss Deborah Joan Moores and Miss Michele Jan Moores on 6 February 1973.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Limited of the launch of the containership S.S. Remuera from the naval yard at High Walker on the 12th June 1972. The film begins with views of the Remuera on the slipway and large crowds who have come to watch the launch. Guests arrive including Sir John Hunter and the official sponsor Mrs A.J. Bott. On the launching platform Mrs Bott releases a bottle of Champagne which smashes into the bow before it is seen moving down the slipway into the River Tyne. Following the launch, the film shows guests coming off the launch platform and leaving by coach.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters Shipbulilders Ltd that records the launch of the M.S. Chemical Venturer by Mrs. O. Hanson on 16 March 1972. The ship was built by Swan Hunter at their Hebburn yard for Anglo Eastern Bulkships Ltd.
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.
An educational and promotional film produced by the Department of Photography Kings College and co-written and directed by Bruce Allsopp looking at what is is like to be a student and what can be studied at King's College, The Newcastle Division of Durham University.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that records the launch of the T.T. "Belgulf Progress" tanker from Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday 13th September 1958. The film follows the VIPs boarding a special train to the launch from Kings Cross railway station in London, the launch ceremony, the return of the "Begulf Glory" to the River Tees.
This Turners Film production was commissioned by the Consett Iron Company and looks at the history of iron and steel making and production at the Consett Iron Works, British Steel Corporation. Footage covers traditional and modern steel making processes.
An amateur film by Ronald Torbet that shows cargo ships arriving on the River Wear manoevered by tugboats. One of the tugboat’s featured is the paddle steamer Eppleton Hall. The film also features the passenger ship Empress of England leaving the docks at Vickers-Armstrong on the River Tyne where she was built and completed on the 19th March 1957.
An amateur film by Betty Cook from the Cleveland Cine Club of the Cleveland Youth Association first Riverside Carnival taking place on and around the river Tees at Stockton-on-Tees on the 1st July 1978.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland showing various events taking place around Hartlepool as part of the corporation carnival. Events featured include water skiing, street parades and a fair. The second part of the film features the family visiting the countryside, a running event and footage of the art deco bus station at Seaton Carew.
A short amateur film documenting a man’s departure by ship from the Newcastle Quayside aboard the ferry Parkeston, busy seaside scenes at Tynemouth, and a brief look around the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland. The film features a pre-dominantly musical soundtrack, and a few sound effects of the sea.